Sunday, June 17, 2012

Dad Earl in Abba's Arms

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.

Choosing Joy!
©2012 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...


Jennifer said...

So sorry for your loss. Praying for safe travels for safe travels for everyone in your family. {{hugs}}

Gilda said...

I am so sorry De'Etta. I rejoice with you as my heart is hurting for you and Michael. Praying for the family and all the details. (((((Hugs))))) Wish I could give you an IRL hug. May you all feel the Lord's loving arms around you as you say goodbye for now.

Linda said...

I'm so sorry, DeEtta. Although we don't grieve as those with no hope, we still grieve for the hole in our own lives. Praying for all of you and the many traveling arrangements.

Laura said...

Oh De'Etta, I am so sorry. It is always hard to lose someone we love, no matter their earthly circumstances. We feel the pain of their loss. Sending prayers for Mike and your entire family as you work through these details alongside your grief. Thankful for the certainty that you will all meet again.

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

Thanks for the prayers ladies. I know it's best for Dad G - but it's hard here.