While I had planned on my day off for President's Day being a relaxing and refreshing day, it really ended up turning into much more than that. On Friday, February 13th a little after midnight my Grandma's younger brother Jerry (my great uncle) went to be with Jesus. He was an amazing man of God who had truly just come back to Jesus about 5 years ago. He loved Jesus and loved to praise Him. He had been sick for quite awhile so it was certainly a blessing that God decided his time was now. His funeral was on Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. and truly was a Celebration of His Life. We laughed & cried and I was able to spend time with 60-70 family members (most of whom I haven't seen in years!) It was such a great time even if it was a funeral. It's experiences like those that make me so thankful for the family I have and how they have always taught me to love Jesus with all my heart.
The hardest part of the whole day was watching Jerrys' wife, children, & grandchildren cry through the service at the fact that they wouldn't be seeing their loving Jerry for awhile--but at the end as my parent's sang Come to Jesus, by Chris Rice they lifted their hands and praised God for who He is and always will be. What a moving moment! It was also difficult to know that inevitably, I will be in that position one day and I can only hope that I will praise God as Jerry's immediate family did.
Uncle Jerry, you will definitely be terribly missed, but we all know that we will see you again at the gates of heaven!
(Uncle Jerry at our wedding--throwing petals as we left the church)