I have had the privilege of seeing the influence of godly parenting
and the strength of roots that have grown deep in the soil of God’s Word.
I never met MomMom and PopPop Pernie. But I have met their 4 daughters, one of whom is Tim’s mom. Recently the girls lost their oldest sister. It has truly been a privilege to watch the sisters during this time and see the influence MomMom and PopPop Pernie’s godly legacy had on their girls.
The sisters have mourned, but not without hope.
They grieve the loss of physical contact
They grieve the loss of phone calls
They grieve the loss of sharing life here on earth together
One grieved the loss of being present with the family at the funeral because life circumstances prevented that
they rejoice at no more suffering
they rejoice at the opportunity to trust God and His Word
they rejoice in experiencing the truth and stability that God and His Word bring to them
they rejoice at the opportunity to tell others about Aunt Del’s vibrant relationship with her Savior
they rejoice at a reunion with a beloved husband
they rejoice at a reunion with beloved parents
they rejoice at the hope of eternity and a future reunion of their own
They testify to God’s grace and strength even in the valley of the shadow of death.
They have given me hope in my journey of parenting –
that children trained in the way they should go
will not depart from it when they grow older.
Thank you Mom, Aunt Dee, and Aunt Enis.
And thank you, Aunt Del, for your beautiful life and legacy. I’m glad I will see you again.