Wednesday, April 30, 2008

My Papa

Yesterday was one of those days that your rational mind always knew would come but your heart never thought it would. My Papa's flesh died yesterday. I have been trying hard to remind myself that only his flesh is gone. He is with Jesus, exactly where is desired to be for the past few years. He has told us all on numerous occasions that he was ready to go! Papa will be missed by so many. He was such a kind, witty man. Yesterday, before they could even get his body out the door, the neighbors were packed in the front yard wondering what had happened to Billie. One man immediately started mowing his yard, people brought food over all day and there was not a minute of the day that there was not a visitor over telling my grandmother how much they loved him. There are so many wonderful things about Papa. I have shared before, the majority of my childhood memories are with my B and Papa. I could have lived at their house when I was little if my parents had let me. They spoiled me rotten! But most importantly, Papa and B began a faith foundation for our family for generations to come. Because of their faith and devtion to Jesus, I have faith... and Papa's favorite day of the week was his "visiting day" when he and another elder would go around visit people that didn't know Jesus. He put together a revival 2 years ago in Crockett, Texas where many people came to Jesus.

Our family will not be the same without him. Please pray for my grandmother. They were married almost 59 years!!

9 comments:

Melanie said...

What a wonderful tribute to such a godly man. I'm so grateful for the time I was able to be in his presence. Love you dearly.

margk said...

Prayers for you and your family.

Danna said...

Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Amy C said...

I am so sad for you and yet I know what a great man your Papa must have been. Your post made me cry. I love you Jenni B. I will pray for your sweet heart to heal at such a tender time. God bless you all!

Kayla said...

I will be praying for your family especially grandmother. Much Love. How blessed you all were to have him around for so many years. Praise God He is finally with Jesus!! What could be better than that?!?!? Love ya

summer said...

Jenny,

I am so sorry for the loss your family is feeling over your Papa's passing. I know he must have absolutely adored you and that he will be greatly missed. I love you and will be praying for your comfort and peace in the coming days.

Much love,
Summer

Amber Smith said...

Jenny,
Your Papa sounds like an amazing man. I am so sad for your loss, but rejoice with you that he lived his life well. I love you!

Kelli said...

I'm so glad you have such great memories of a sweet papa, and that Malaya got to spend 8 years with him! I know your family will miss him dearly but are so happy to know that he is right where he wanted to be his whole life. I'll be praying for your family.

Anonymous said...

I hope your Papa was there to meet you Jenny. I didn't know you but I prayed desperately for you to get better. I pray Malaya hold tight and realize that God has his reasons for this.