The death of someone you love is never easy. But what makes that loss even harder is knowing that the one you loved was not saved. Today my heart is aching for so many reasons.
My father-in-law passed away last night. This is a man who has been in my life since I was 15 years old. He more like a father to me than I can even explain. Although he has been sick for quite some time, to find out he died last night was a shock – there was no warning that things had gotten that serious.
Jeff and I have spent over 15 years witnessing to him ~ sharing the Gospel, sharing our testimonies, and trying to show him his need for the Lord. But to no avail. It was the one subject he always changed, didn’t want to hear about, and wouldn’t talk about. He has never even heard Jeff preach.
It breaks my heart to see Jeff hurt so much. He is hurting over losing his father, but hurting even more because he know where his father will spend eternity.
I am so glad we were able to go and see him in June. Living 1600 miles away doesn’t make it easy for frequent trips, but Jeff said he knew that would be his last opportunity to see his dad alive ~ his last opportunity to witness to him face-to-face. I guess you could say it was also our last chance to hug him and say good-bye in person.
Please, please pray for us. We are now in the process of arranging to get Jeff back to Oregon next week. There will be no funeral (another thing that is really hard for Jeff – he wanted that time to witness to the rest of his lost family) but the family is planning to all get together and say good-bye. I wish our whole family could go, but without a miracle that won’t be possible.