Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Heritage

My grandfather entered into the ranks of our "great cloud of witnesses" (Heb. 12) this evening. After a long struggle with COPD and heart problems, he went home tonight peacefully, with my mother at his side.

I have so many happy memories of this man. He was always so cheerful, and had a great sense of humor. I think I'll miss his laugh more than anything. He loved his family and church, and had one of the strongest senses of duty I have ever seen. He worked very hard; I thought he never would retire. He finally did - at age 82.

But one of the things that has struck me most today as I anticipated the call telling me he was gone, and since I have received it, was about heritage. How thankful I am that God placed me in the family He did. I don't know if Granddad ever thought about leaving us all with a specific heritage, but he and my grandmother have. I am proud of the man he was. He will be greatly missed.
This photo was taken during a visit in June.

4 comments:

VLS said...

He would be so proud of you and your family. His memory will live on through you. Our prayers are with you and your mom and dad. It is a privilege to have known your granddad.

Ryan said...

Sorry Tami and Family. Our prayers are with you guys!

Kristen & Dave said...

What a blessing to know he is with the Father he worked so hard to serve while here on earth! I know you'll need to time to heal from missing him, and I'll be praying for you as you do.

Tiffany said...

Praying for your family.