I posted this on my FB just now....and will put it here for friends who don't have Facebook. I'll write more of a tribute for my amazing Father in Law later.
Dad Earl (Michael's Father) has joined Abba Father in heaven on Father's Day - just a few hours ago. Michael is trying to reach his mother and sisters. He did talk to his brother. No details are known about arrangements, but the base is getting Michael and the kids out on the rotator tomorrow a.m. At this point Michael is telling me to "finish your conference" and fly out that evening. As I said - he's not talked to family and we don't know details. Prayer Requests: PEACE and comfort for Mom Mary, communication between Michael and family, safe travels, details for arrangements, strength and focus for me as I have a lot to do, God to continue to move in WILD Japan (training planned for Fri/Sat)...and though I'm thrilled to think of Dad Earl being able to HIKE, and hear and tell some great stories around heaven....I'm sad, really sad. The verse going through my heart is "the Joy of the Lord is our strength." Jared is now wondering if this should be his trip home - and losing the last week at home with him is also sad. Just a sad day here....but again....JOY because Dad Earl is so much better off in the presence of God than he was here. I know that.
Living all of life before the face of God...