Friday, May 25, 2007

Uncle Roland

The photo shows Uncle Roland after he was the first to ride the zipline at the high-ropes course at a family reunion a few summers ago. In his eighties, he continued to scuba dive all over the world, including cave diving. A sparkle-eyed man of great spirit.

He went to heaven yesterday. A cousin said,"It was so
hard to watch, I can't begin to tell you. He fought so hard and so
long, but when he finally died I know he burst into heaven."

Oh, Lord, may we all burst into heaven when it is our time. May we charge forward to embrace you with joy and fulfillment.

And Lord, help me also burst into life each day with the same passion as Uncle Roland did.

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith..." Hebrews 12:1-2a


Cheryl Klarich said...

What a terrific reminder to stay the course and push toward the finish line. Thank you.

Deena said...

It always amazes me when a truly beloved saint gets promoted home. My mom was with my dad when he passed away, and she swore he saw the angels coming to escort him to the other side...said his heart rate shot up and he squeezed her hand and smiled around the tubes...

Gettin' within sight of that finish line...priceless!!

Valerie Comer said...

Congratulations to Uncle Roland. How HUGE a difference it is when a staunch believer crosses the line.

And my mom is doing WAY better than she was; it's totally amazing. (I saw her this weekend.) I'm sure God loves surprises :)