I scratched two names off my prayer list on Friday: Marge and Gary. I added the names of their family members to the list of grieving.

I met Marge when my son became engaged to her granddaughter. We were together at showers and birthday parties. We both liked sending cards, volunteering at church, and watching westerns.

My dad led Gary to the Lord. He graduated from Elim while my dad was serving there on staff. He would come to our trailer and throw me, and my sisters, up in the air. He was a tall man and we felt like we were flying! I shared his love for ice cream and Jesus.

Isaiah 57:1, 2, “Good people pass away; the godly often die before their time. But no one seems to care or wonder why. No one seems to understand that God is protecting them from the evil to come. For those who follow godly paths will rest in peace when they die.” New Living Translation

Gary witnessed to every doctor and nurse. He knew his time was short. He listened to the CD my father made, and said, “I’ll be seeing you soon, Charlie.” (Dad passed away in 2010.)

When Gary was a teenager, he washed cars at the service station where my dad was working as a mechanic. Once he squirted dad with water. Dad retaliated with a grease gun! Gary loved telling us that story. I can only imagine the fun they are having in heaven now!

Psalms 116:15, “The Lord cares deeply when his loved ones die.” New Living Translation

I prayed for healing for both. I wanted Gary to meet his great-grandchild. But this day was written before Gary and Marge were born.

Psalms 139:16, “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” New Living Translation

Dear Father God,

Please bring comfort to the families of these two godly people. I know they are resting in peace. Help us to honor their memory by keeping our faith strong. Thank You, Lord, that we do not grieve without hope; for we know we will see them again. Give each relative strength as they navigate these difficult days of grief.

In Jesus Name,


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