Earlier this month, Jeremy and I spent a week in Australia for Dad West’s Funeral. What a great hope we have in belonging to God. This does not make the aching any less or the sadness disappear. But it does lift our heads as we think about where Dad is now – the spiritual reality that he is truly LIVING for the first time. Dad’s life was such a testimony to me and to the hundreds of guests at his service. He was an incredible man, husband and father. Jeremy and his siblings gave so much honor and thanks for their dad. Many commented afterward that they wish church could be more like that service and some men shared that they gained insight on what it means to be a father. Wow.
In a time of grieving, understanding brings comfort. However, for the things that our minds can’t seem to understand, we reach for his grace and we believe wholeheartedly in the goodness and justice of his character. Meanwhile, we are thankful for each breath and we cherish the family we have. Blessings to you all, Molly
As for me (Jeremy), I agree wholeheartedly. With all of that come the questions, the new reality of dad’s absence, and the sudden-obnoxious reality of our own mortality. I will be 40 years old this year; whoa. What will people say about me? What am I doing with my life so that I can fulfill everything I have been designed to do within this short lifespan? Life is precious, short, and at times so fragile. So enjoyable too! It is good to know that we have a purpose, and the ability to make lasting Kingdom-change in the world.
Thank you to EVERYONE who sent us emails, phone calls, well-wishes and prayers. Thank you also to those of you who sent financial support to help us get to Sydney. We have felt cared for and supported. So has mum, our real concern and focus now, but please keep her in your prayers. She is doing “ok”, or as good as one can be expected to be. She is an amazing lady. Thanks again, Jeremy.