“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me 
To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, 
To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, 
The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness…
I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, My soul shall be joyful in my God; 
For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, 
He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, 
As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, 
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”
Excerpts from Isaiah 61 

I just want to thank all of you for your love and prayers for my whole family during this difficult time. Unless you’ve worn these same shoes, you have no idea how much they mean to each of us. Prayer has truly made the difference in our hearts as we deal with the trauma of Uncle John’s suicide. Please continue to pray for peace, comfort and grace as the funeral plans come together tomorrow.

The viewing is at 10 AM (central standard time), with the funeral service starting at 11, which will be followed by the burial and a luncheon at a local park. Uncle John’s friends and family are still really struggling and your continued prayers are vital. He has 3 young sons that are having a hard time coming to grips with their dad’s tragic death. Pray that God will work in the lives of all those present at the funeral and use this tragedy to draw them closer to Him.

Also, blogging will be quite sparse here in the immediate future. Thanks again for the outpouring of love and prayers. The emails, phone calls, visits, chats, and everything else have made a tremendous difference.

God is still God!