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Saturday, October 22, 2011

In Memory

There are some types of community service that no one really enjoys.  However, these are the opportunities that should come from the heart. Today we went to offer comfort to one of our 4H families as they grieved the loss of a family member.  We provided a meal for the family and attended the visitation and funeral services. 

What makes this particularly hard was that he was a young man just starting out in his adult life.  Furtehrmore, our outreach to the community hit a little closer to home this time. Even though we knew him only through his wife and her family, we often heard about how he was a loving husband and great dad to his two boys (2yo and 6mo) and how much he loved the Lord. 

Last night we were at the visitation and we saw how much he was loved by so many people.  Many attended from family, church, friends and work.  We also saw how much his boys favor him in appearance, especially his oldest, when we saw a picture where they could have been twins!

Today at the funeral services, the pastor spoke about Aaron as a young man who persevered in hard times and stayed strong.  He loved the Lord and his family, his church and his work.  He loved 4H  and FFA, showing rabbits and cows and he also loved horses and roping. 

Recently, they built a new church building and he would often stay so long they had to turn him away.  Toward the end of the construction, each man was asked to write their favorite verse on the wall.  Aaron chose to write, "He will wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."--Revelation 21:4

The pastor ended by saying, "Last Tuesday we were not ready for Aaron to go, but Aaron was ready to go to Heaven." 

At the graveside service the pastor comforted the family by saying, "God is too kind to be cruel.  God is too wise to make mistakes.  God is too deep for us to understand."  He then quoted, "The Lord giveth and he taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord."--Job 1:21.

May God's loving arms be wrapped around Aaron.  May God's outpouring of love surround Aaron's family and friends.  May we all understand God's wisdom in this time of sorrow.

Aaron truly showed the world how "to make the best better."  He will be missed by many.
Not a good picture but I will try to get one later.

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