Tomorrow, I’m driving up to Pennsylvania to celebrate the precious life of my grandfather (known to most as Pappa). While I’m incredibly sad that I won’t get to see him again here on earth, I’m so happy that he’s finally with his Jesus, and that he’s completely cancer-free.
Pappa’s 90 years of life were a beautiful example. He dedicated his everyday, ordinary life to Christ, to serving his family, and serving his neighbor. He used his gifts of kindness, loyalty, patience, service, and leadership to help others. Everyone who met him adored him. He was endlessly positive and full of integrity.
Pappa was a real family man. He loved his children and his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren well. And he really really really loved his wife. He served her, cherished her, and still had a gleam in his eye for her after almost 64 years of marriage.
I’m not surprised that my Pappa came up with a precious way to say goodbye to the love of his life. Pappa prepared for his temporary parting with Nanny through song. Regularly, for the last few months, Pappa would look at Nanny with a twinkle in his eye and start singing this old Frank Sinatra song:
Days may not be fair Always,
That’s when I’ll be there Always.
Not for just an hour,
Not for just a day,
Not for just a year,
I’ll be loving you, oh Always
With a love that’s true Always.
When the things you’ve planned
Need a helping hand,
I will understand Always.
Dreams will all come true,
growing old with you,
and time will fly,
caring each day more
than the day before,
till spring rolls by.
Then when the springtime has gone,
Then will my love linger on.”
In January, when Pappa’s doctor told him that he had cancer, Pappa looked him in the eye and said, “This is a win, win for me. I get to go be with Jesus.” And on June 16th, he did. Please be praying for my family, especially my Nanny, as she processes her loss and learns how to live without her husband.