“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2).
None of us who are alive have ever seen Christ in the fulness of his glory. At best, we have seen glimpses of his glory. At best, we have seen glimpses of Christ’s likeness.
Helen’s dad, Dave Sparling, Kiyo Scott…they see him as he is!!! They are in the presence of the Savior and there is no more guessing what Christ might look like. They behold the very face of the Son of God!!!
Thank you all for your prayers and for your messages of care.
Helen and our family are doing well. We are so thankful for God’s goodness.
Helen’s dad drew his last breath here on earth around 9:45pm on Tuesday evening. What is surprising is that Helen’s dad was doing better. So much so that the doctors were talking about discharging him on Friday. Helen was making arrangements with the nurses, the oxygen people, and others so that dad could be home starting Friday.
But that evening, dad’s condition worsened and he had another breathing episode. And within moments, he was gone.
The nurse attending to him that evening was a Christian. She held his hand and prayed dad into eternity. We are so grateful to her and all other nurses like her who have been present for loved ones as families couldn’t be.
We are grateful because God took dad quickly. This is exactly what he wanted. Even had he gone home on Friday, his quality of life would have been nothing like before. All his life he was active and very healthy until Covid ravaged his lungs. We thank God Helen was already in LA so she could be with her mom and sister during this time. God worked everything out.
God promises to give to us a peace that surpasses all understanding. That’s not just wishful thinking. That’s a reality that Helen and our family are living through right now. Of course, death stings. But death does not win! We grieve and we rejoice. We miss and we are thankful. Things have changed yet, there is peace. God is good! That hasn’t and will never change.
Thank you for your ongoing prayers and concern.
God is good!