Farewell, Pa-Paw!

For what is your life?  It is even a vapor that appeareth for a little time, and then vanishes away (James 4:14).

Pa-Paw with some of his "kids," including Hannah at just a few months old

This weekend, we celebrated the life of my husband’s grandfather as we said farewell to his earthly body and held onto the hope that one day we will see him again in heaven.  Almost two years ago, when his wife of 60 years passed away, Pa-Paw quickly lost his mind, giving in to the dementia that he had been battling for some time.  Since I first met him over 9 years ago, Pa-Paw had been looking for heaven, yearning for the day he would meet his sweet Jesus.  He loved everyone, never meeting a stranger, and he was never “ashamed of the Gospel of Christ” (Romans 1:16-17).  He especially loved his “kids,” which included his own grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and all of the children at his church.  He was the one who introduced Jesus to my husband, so I see him as having a major impact on the spiritual life of our own household.  I even lived with him and Ma-Maw for a couple of years myself and loved them both as though they were my own grandparents.  This man was a shining example of how parents and grandparents can truly impact their children and grandchildren for the kingdom of God.

Rest in peace, Pa-Paw!  We love you and thank you for the spiritual legacy you left behind!   

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