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.
“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)
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.
Thanks to all of you who prayed for Tony’s Dad. Dad was actually released from the hospital the same day he went in. He had some kind of nasty stomach bug and needed to be re-hydrated. I’ve talked with him several times since he’s been home and he’s re-gaining strength and seems okay, although he’s sometimes confused.
He has decided to go on hospice for his emphysema, which means he will continue with his breathing meds to make him comfortable, but he won’t receive any extraordinary treatments for the disease. As of now, we’re planning a long trip to see family and supporters from late March into April where we’ll drive south to Florida, west to Texas, north to Missouri, east to Ohio and eventually back to Pennsylvania, We’ll get to visit Dad in Fort Worth, TX sometime in April. Of course if his condition worsens, we’ll go there sooner. Please pray for Dad’s comfort and wisdom for us as we plan this trip.
If we’ll be passing you on this trip, let us know…we would love to see you and share about our ministry! We are forever humbled and grateful to those who love us and are part of our ministry!