Thursday, October 28, 2010

I have sat down and thought about posting these pictures of my sweet grandfather for almost a month now. However, the last month has been very hard.  He is suffering so much and it has been absolutely heart-breaking to watch.  This weekend he has been in the hospital for the last time.  They were able to get some of the fluid out of his lungs so that he could talk and we could all say goodbye.  He went home Monday night to hospice care and the continual care of our family.  We love him so much!  He has taught us so much and I will do a post about that soon probably.

I must say, and I think my family would agree, we have had some very sweet and tender moments this weekend.  He has been doing a lot of reflecting and remembering.  Friday, I had a short conversation with him because he said that he had asked Jesus for forgiveness, but he didn't see how God could forgive him.  I assured him that what is in the Bible is true and it says that "All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God" and that "no one can come to the Father, but thru Him", but that Jesus had lived perfectly and died on the cross for us.  He nodded and said he believed this and knew this.  My Dad was able to have two very sweet conversations, one on Saturday and one on Sunday of very similar (but more detailed and I am sure worded much better)!  Brister Ware (pastoral care minister at our church) came twice this weekend also.  I know  we have been praying that he would feel the assurance of Christ during these last few days.  Sunday night at 1 a.m. he woke my mom up (doubt she was actually sleeping!) and told her that he felt that assurance and he had mom call dad to tell her! What a sweet moment!

Monday Sara and I spent the afternoon and evening with him so Mom could go prepare his house for him to come home.  As he was reflecting more he started talking about how he has read the Bible his whole life, but how now, he wished he knew it better.  This just really struck me.  I hope that I take this as a life lesson.  It's too late for him now to learn more, but it isn't for me.  May I really get to know my Lord and Savior through his Word!


These pictures were all taken on Oct. 2nd by Dr. Johann Hsu.  It was Doe and Dub's 88th birthdays. Dub is one day older than she is.  They have known each other 84 years and been married 64. WOW!






This was taken on Tuesday at his house via iphone.

9 comments:

Jen said...

so sweet. thank you for sharing.

Bluebird Hill said...

What sweet memories and pictures. We are so blessed to have such wonderful grandparents go before us. Your family is a testiment to their faith and love.
Please tell your grandmother we are praying for her. I can't imagine seeing a friend and love going through this after 84 years.

laura said...

Thank you for sharing this sweet post. I am praying for you all.

Anonymous said...

Special words and pictures!

G

Anonymous said...

And I am praying for all of you as well. When my mom died a few years ago, Mr Sam wrote me the sweetest note about how special families are. He surely loved his and I am glad that he has been here to meet and love our baby Sam. Honey

Gray said...

Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. I saw the pictures on Johann's site recently and tears came to my eyes, how special to have those memories.

Anonymous said...

Anna, what a beautiful post that really honors your granddad and what an amazing man he is. I know he is so proud of you and your family. What a wonderful legacy he has in all of you! Your family is all in my prayers... especially Dub! Love you! Holly

Lance and DK said...

i don't know of a sweeter love than that of grandparent and grandchild. have had y'all in my prayers this week.

Shurden Family said...

Anna, I'm praying for you and your family. It's not easy watching a grandparent becoming more weak each day. Thanks for sharing the post.