Goodbye Grandaddy

My grandfather died earlier this week. At times his life was complicated- on his own at a young age, drafted into the army as a cook during WWII, an estranged child and the death of another.  At times his life was as predictable as the sunrise: waffles with peanut butter for breakfast, off to work repairing air conditioners, meatloaf sandwich with dill pickles and mayo for lunch, home exhausted from the heat of Florida attics, pork chops and mashed potatoes for dinner. In the early days this was followed by his pipe or sourballs, but he had to eventually give those up. He never had to give up Wheel of Fortune.

My grandfather turned 93 the day before he died. We expect Jesus to come for us when we reach a great age. Most folks I know who live that long welcome it. Some even wonder why they had to wait so long. Some go much sooner. Some way too soon.

The truth is, we don’t know how long we have. All we know is that we can be ready when that time comes. – Lisa <><

Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.
– Matthew 24:42 (NIV)

For “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” That word is the good news that was announced to you. – 1 Peter 1:24-25 (NRSV)

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