On Friday we said goodbye to Nan, who passed away last Monday morning after suffering a major stroke in her sleep on Saturday night. Nan was an amazing woman, she raised her 5 kids and then many of their children, and was active up until her last day on this earth.
I think I might love black funerals, especially when the person who passed loved the Lord. It is a joyous event. Bittersweet, but still sweet. What a great time. In recent years I've been to a lot of funerals, but none that I have enjoyed as much as that one. I haven't stopped thinking about it yet - every day I relive another aspect of it. The pastor said something that struck both Dirt and I, "When Carolyn's eyes closed on this earth, they opened on the other side". What an awesome thought that is!
The whole weekend actually felt like blessing after blessing after blessing. On Sunday we went to see Joe Focht at Calvary Chapel before we hit the road. That was kind of neat - putting a face with a voice that we are SOOOO familiar with. We went up to say hello to him after the sermon - just to let him know how meaningful his ministry is to us. When Dirt introduced himself, he said "Hi Joe, I got saved here 5 1/2 years ago" then Joe cut in: "And it took you this long to come back?!" We got a kick out of that - we had a quick chat and then he gave us hugs and we ventured out with smiles on our faces.
So many blessings in such a short period of time. And as for Nan, we look forward to seeing her again - what a hope we have in Jesus!