Trip to America
As I mentioned above, we are in the USA at the moment. In addition to attending meetings in our role leading the Bible college in Dumfries, we are also connecting with some churches and with some folks who partner with NewCREEations.
Extended family. My mom and dad are on the far right.
On Saturday my father passed away after a long illness. It is a blessing for my mother that Lisa and I are on this side of the Atlantic right now. We will be adjusting our travel schedule to add a few days so we can attend a memorial service for Dad. Mom doesn’t want to have a formal funeral. But it is important to her that our entire family can be together. We’re a bit spread out, so it’s been a few years since we were all together. The last time we were all in the same place was for my grandparent’s 70th wedding anniversary party several years ago.
Please know that I have been completely at peace in this. While no loss is ever pleasant, God is faithful and good. I was able to say my goodbyes in November before we moved to Scotland. My brother and sister were there in the hospital room with my Mom at the end. Plus Lisa and I are here in America so we can adjust our travel plans to attend the memorial service.
So while I morn the loss of my father and honor his memory, God is with me. As the hymn says, it is well with my soul.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” — Philippines 4:6-7