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“See You in Heaven, Dad!”

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Please pray for me (Tony) as I leave today for Dad’s funeral tomorrow in Texas. I will be doing the eulogy and reflecting back on his 85 years here on Earth. Although I know he’s in heaven now because he accepted God’s free gift of forgiveness for his sins, it’s still hard to say, “see you in heaven” (not goodbye because the Bible says we will be reunited again in heaven). Wonder if he’ll look like he did here for his high school graduation?

Please pray for our family, for safety in travel and that God will be lifted up in the midst of our grief.

Dad’s New Address

“In my Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.” (Jesus speaking in John’s gospel, chapter 14, verse 2)

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Last night (July 7), Tony’s Dad took his last earthly breath and peacefully entered into the presence of his Savior Jesus. In September of 1995, both Dad and Mom recognized that they had no real relationship with God. They asked for God’s forgiveness for the wrongs they did and accepted the free gift of salvation and eternity in heaven that’s available only because Jesus took the punishment we all deserve. As a result, the verse above now includes them. Mom has been in her new place for 4 years, and now Dad joins her as well.

In April we were blessed to spend some quality time with Dad in Texas. He was alert and we had some good laughs and I video taped him reflecting on his life – memories that I’ll always cherish. At the end of the interview, I asked him if he had any words of wisdom to pass on. His response was, “You only go around once. Make the best of it.” I believe if he could converse with us now from heaven, he would add this as well…”Wow! It’s so incredibly awesome here! You need to come to Jesus. Choose to follow Him before it’s too late. He’s the only way to get to heaven and He’s waiting for you with open arms.”

Of course we’re sad and will miss Dad, but Jesus’ death on our behalf guarantees that we who trust in Christ will some day join Dad, Mom and other Christ-followers and spend eternity in heaven with them. Thanks for your prayers for us during this time.

Prayers needed for my nephew, Jonathan.

JDPlease continue your prayers for my nephew, Jonathan (also called JD). He’s in the hospital with a very serious infection. He has a medicine pump in his body for baclofen that keeps his limbs more mobile. This is the second time, in a month, that site has become infected. Now the infection is in his blood. That’s really very serious, especially for him in his condition.

This is from his mom. “The infectious disease doctor came in today. Told me his blood culture came back positive for infection, MERSA. She said it is serious, but she tried to encourage me by saying he is in good hands. She said the sooner they can take the pump out the better. She added what I believe is a probiotic, although she said there isn’t convincing evidence that will prevent CDif. I told her anything that might prevent it was worth a try. Good grief he has enough to deal with.

I came home and Gary stayed with him for a few hours. When he left JD had another 102 temp. He is sleeping often, with intermittent cries of discomfort or pain. What is causing the pain is a guessing game for all of us. We go through our mental check list with him.  Called in tonight and his temp had come down some. She said at present he is content.

I am not going to sugar coat it, I am worried. He is a sick boy right now. Thank you all for your prayers. Pray for wisdom for all the staff. We appreciate all of them doing their jobs and their caring ways. There are some disagreements between them so they need wisdom to do what is best for JD over all.

After almost 7 years of this, I am still amazed at how fast things can turn around. He was doing so well and the pump was really doing its job yet now it has to come out and we start over. Discouragement, frustration and even fear are right there to be had for the taking. Trying to focus on the positive and trust God for his grace and healing. Thank you for your prayers for both Jonathan, his medical caregivers and for us. Good night and Love from the Taylors”

If you want more information, you can go to Jonathan’s website at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jdtaylor.