It is a very sad day as my father went to be with the Lord early yesterday morning. His condition had worsened last week but the end came more quickly than anyone thought it would. He passed quietly in his sleep. Though my heart is very heavy and our family is grieving, I can just imagine the scene as Daddy opened his eyes in Heaven to see his Savior and my mother waiting for him with open arms and a smile. I know his father (who passed away when my father was in his teens) and his mother were there to greet him as well. His older sister was eight years old when Daddy was born and she "mothered" him all her life. She passed away last summer and I know she was waiting to welcome her "baby brother." Our sadness is balanced with the celebration of a long life, well-lived, and the assurance of life eternal. My younger daughter requested the hymn "Victory in Jesus" for the funeral and we asked the pastor to make that the theme of his message. Our prayer is that someone who hears will find that same victory in their life.