Monday, February 09, 2009

Waking Up in Arkansas

It's good to be home for a couple of days, even if the circumstances are sad. My dad's older brother passed away Friday afternoon. My dad and I were able to ride from the airport in Little Rock to El Dorado together for the visitation and then home to Benton afterward. That was 4 really special hours of visiting and sharing about the past and the future as we drove through the highways of south Arkansas.

Today, mom, dad and I return to El Dorado for the funeral and fellowship meal. Because of Uncle Gerald's influence through coaching and church leadership, it will be a wonderful reunion and celebration of the life of a good man with a wide influence. Hopefully, the Benton Courier website will update today with the wonderful article yesterday honoring my uncle.

Thanks for praying for my dad and all our extended family. Truly, this is one of those times when the intersection of grief and joy is unmistakable. Because of Jesus and hope eternal, the sting of death is diminished. Because of the promise of God, today we find strength.

It is good to be home.

I think my Uncle Gerald would agree.