Easter is right around the corner and our family will be attending services with my wife’s mother this year. Instead of going out to a restaurant after service we’ve decided to bake a big pan of lasagna and take it to her house and eat there.After all, given the choice of standing in line for an hour to get a table or going straight to the house to enjoy my wife’s incredible lasagna- it’s a no brainier!

Easter will be very different this year as it’s the first since my wonderful father-in-law passed last June 24th.I wish I could express in words what my heart feels about losing him but I lack the vocabulary to do so.No only was he an amazing father,husband,and friend,but he was also a spiritual mentor to me.Lest you think a man in his late 50’s is too old to be mentored consider that we never get too old to learn,especially about things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

I’ve never met anyone less pretentious or unassuming than my father-in-law. Raised in the hills of Kentucky he learned at a very early age what hard work was like, and this was a trait that would stay with him all of his life. It was amazing to see what he accomplished with his work ethic and strong faith in God. All who knew him considered him blessed of the Lord, and indeed he was.

One of our favorite pastimes was to sit on the back porch and discuss current events, which ultimately would lead into a discussion of the scriptures.I longed for those visits when I could spend an hour alone with him because it seemed as if time stood still when we were together.I learned so much from listening to him.How to deal with people,how to stand for the truth even when it wasn’t popular,how to listen to the Lord’s voice and the importance of obeying His voice.

My father-in-law was a man of the Word.He studied constantly and was always seeking to better understand the Bible. Even though he had retired from the pastorate he continued to be faithful in his work for the Lord. What a witness he was! Can you tell I loved him? He was the real deal and I will cherish his memory the rest of my days.

My beautiful wife was Daddy’s girl, and she still grieves the loss of her Daddy every day.Though she understands that his work on earth is finished the parting has been very hard.She shares his love of ministry to others and is an accomplished singer, and we enjoy the opportunities we have to minister in other churches in the area.Our hope is that we will be able to continue to do this even more.

Easter is about new life,about the Resurrection. One day all of God’s children will be reunited in a place where we will never again know the pain of separation or the sting of death. Because of Jesus and His perfect work of redemption we have a hope that fades not away.

1 Peter 1:3-9 (NKJV)

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,
5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials,
7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,
8 whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,
9 receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.

Be blessed,