Thursday, September 24, 2009

Fly to heaven

At 2:35am on Tuesday Sept. 22, the first day of Autumn, my step-father peacefully flew to heaven to spend his first day with our Lord Savior God. My mother and I were at this side and watched him draw his last breath in this world. He was an amazing man.

Last week, I spent lots of time talking with him and he even allowed me to video tape some stories. I plan to speak about those stories at his memorial service. I am a horrible public speaker, but I am prepared. It will be a wonderful release and also a feeling of honor. Here's an excerpt.

By this time, Tom’s voice was starting to get a little hoarse, but he insisted he tell me one more story…He sat up on the couch and moved a little closer to the camera and he told me how he fell in love with my Mom and how he had promised her that he would never ever make her regret marrying him. He used the word mystical when he described their relationship. They were loving towards each other all the time! No bickering, no harsh words were ever spoken between them. Their marriage is a testimony to me. It makes me want to love my husband better.

Tom’s had more than his share of heart break and trials. Even to the end of his life being stricken with this monstrous disease. It doesn’t seem fair. Any of us might wonder how did he endure all of that? We might ask Why Me? But he did not. Tom knew, without a doubt, that God was in control and had a special purpose beyond our comprehension. He told me he was not afraid to die. He told me that he knew he would soon touch the hem of Jesus our savior. So, it was not Tom that endured those hardships, but it was God through Tom. Tom never stopped giving God the glory. That is Tom’s greatest legacy to us.


He & Me + 3 said...

Oh Leah. I am so sorry for your loss, but it is Heaven's gain and Tom is rejoicing with Jesus now. What a fitting song. Love that story he told you too. Priceless. Praying for you today.

Ali said...

Sending you a giant hug. And lots and lots of prayers.

Beth E. said...

I'm remembering you and your family in my prayers. Praising God that Tom is no longer in pain, and has reached his great reward!

May you feel God's comfort and peace.

God bless you,

Mrs.X said...

Oh Leah, I'm sorry for your loss. I know this must be so hard to go through but you were so blessed to have this time with him. His stories are priceless and the fact that he let you video tape them....even better. Your family can cherish that forever. He sounds like he was a wonderful man. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.


Christa said...

I am so so sorry for your loss...:( That song was so beautiful!! I am so happy that you were able to be there and help him along in his new journey...I will be praying for you and your family...

Joan said...

My sympathy goes to you and your family now. I too know the pain of losing someone dear. Your tribute is beautiful and I know that God will receive all the glory at the memorial service. What a blessing to have had such a wonderful witness of God's mercy and love in your life.
It's an amazing miracle when we receive the peace that passes all understanding.


Sue said...

What a beautiful post and I'm so sorry for your loss. I will pray for you & your family, in particular your Mom. It's so hard to say good-bye!

I heard "I Can Only Imagine" for the first time a few weeks after my Mom went home to be with Jesus. What wonderful comfort it was to me.

God bless Leah! Thanks for sharing!