Monday, July 17, 2006

Celebrating Grampa

On Friday we had the grave side service for my Grampa. It was a lovely yet sad service. Dale Workman, my granparent's pastor gave a wonderful message. We worshipped and praised the Lord and also cried because we are going to miss Grampa. We sang "The Old Rugged Cross" and before we all left we sang "The Doxology". It is our family tradition that when we are all together we hold hands and sing "The Doxology".


Praise God from whom all blessing flow.
Praise Him all creatures here below.
Praise Him above ye Heavenly host.
Praise Father Son and Holy Ghost.


On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suffering and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinner was slain.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it someday for a crown.

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true,
It's shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He'll call me someday to me home far away,
Where His glory forever I'll share.


Then on Saturday we had the celebration service at my Grandparent's church. Some of us in the family got up and sang "How Firm a Foundation". Then we had a time of the family getting up and talking about Grampa. Then there was a slideshow of Grampa's life. That was so wonderful to watch. Seeing all of the pictures with all of us grandkids with him and him holding us when we were babies and playing with us. Such wonderful blessings that God has given us. My Grampa was such a great servant of the Lord and he continued to serve Him through a massive stroke and all the way up to the time the Lord called him home. I love my Grampa dearly and will always miss him but I know that he is in Heaven and we will see him again. What a great hope we have in the Lord! May the name of the Lord be praised!

"And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but delivered Hi mover for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God's elect? God is the One who justifies; Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He Who died, yes, rather Who was raised, Who is at the right hand of God, Who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress ,or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, 'For your sake we are being put to death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.' But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him Who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Romans 8:28, 31-39


mreddie said...

What a wonderful legacy he is leaving in service for the Lord and for his family to follow - as he followed Christ. ec

rachd said...

How special, Annie! I know your grandpa was smiling at all of you gathered together in friendship and love =).

On of my father's favorite songs was "Old Rugged Cross" and it made me smile to see you all sang it. =)

Bonita said...

Your Grampa is so fortunate to have so many people love him; he was surrounded by love, song, and prayer. Nicely held, in adoration, with God's grace.