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Psalm 34:18

The LORD is near the brokenhearted; He saves those crushed in spirit.  (Psalm 34:18)

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My grandfather went Home to Jesus Sunday afternoon.

After battling pancreatic cancer for five years---beating it during that period, and then fighting again---my God sent relief in the form of Heaven.  I've cried so much this week I've been utterly exhausted by the time I crawl into bed.  But despite all the tears, I feel such a marvelous sense of peace that can only come from my Lord.

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Being the eldest of the grandkids on my mother's side of the family, I was the one who MADE him a grandpa---my Poppy.  <3  Seeing him endure the pain & suffering was more than I could bear, and I see my Grandmommy---who cared for him unconditionally till the end---as the strongest woman I know.

But my God is good.  And I know he's running hand-in-hand with my Lord, and I've the Hope of Heaven that I'll see him & all those who've gone before one day.  What a comfort to know in these days of sorrow!

He will be deeply missed because he was deeply loved.

The outpouring of comfort & encouragement from ALL our family & friends has been so wonderful.  Words just cannot describe the gratitude we feel in the midst of such love.

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I feel like I didn't get to say a final goodbye---not really knowing that my last visit to my grandparents the few days earlier would be the final time I'd see him this side of Heaven.  But I know he loved me, and I know how proud he was of me & the rest of us.

Farewell, Poppy.
I love you always.

Until we meet again.


  1. Beautiful tribute. He knows you loved him dearly. ❤️

  2. I am so sorry for your loss, but so thankful for the hope we have in Christ.

    Love you dearly, girl! I pray that this week is filled with even more grace.

    1. Thank you so much, Sarah! Amen to that. Much love to you, sweet girl! <333

  3. He sounds like a wonderful man, and I'm so sorry for your loss :'( That picture of him and baby Gabe together was so beautiful. Heaven has a new treasure with him there <3

    1. Thank you for your sweet words! They made my day *^ - ^* <333

  4. Loss is so, so hard, but what a joy it is to know they are at a better place and one day we'll be with them. God is SO good!

    This was beautiful, Sarah. Such sweet and true words. I will be praying for you and your family. *HUGS*

  5. *HUGS* Thank you, Christine! Your prayers mean so much! <3 <3 <3


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