This week we made a very short trip to Phoenix for the funeral of a very dear friend. Our friend Art was taken to heaven last week unexpectedly due to a car accident. What a shock, and a sorrow and a loss to all of us who knew and loved him. The funeral was a very special moment to Steve and I, and encouraged us greatly even through our sorrow. A life that is lived well, and remembered with great love is a successful life. Art inspired life in all who knew him. He had the rare quality of making all that knew him feel as if they were very important, and very loved. He loved Jesus, his family, his grandchildren and they were all the joy of his life. We cried and laughed all day along with family and friends as we re-told stories and memories about him. He and his beautiful wife Barbara imprinted a part of themselves on Steve and I and our children, so that part of who we are comes from our friendship and relationship to Art and his "Lady Barbara" ( as he always called her). I wrote about them here, a short while ago, and you can read about them if you would like. Perhaps you all could pray for Barbara this week when you are praying, and lift her up with me. We will miss Art very much.
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms, if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me, that you also may be where I am."