Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Heaven just got a little bit sweeter...

My Great Uncle Sterling, pastor of our church, and a wonderful man of God entered those Pearly Gates dancing last night! Although I am beyond happy for him, because I know he was ready, I can't help but cry for us. There is a Sterling sized hole in all of our hearts this morning.

Sunday morning during Sunday school while my Dad was teaching he fainted on the first row. They came to get Ben (from our boys Sunday school class) to check him out, when we got there he was fine. He said that he didn't remember it, but he felt fine, he promised us that he would see a doctor this week AND HE GOT UP AND PREACHED! That's the kind of man he was! When he hugged me after service he said "Boy that was a good hug! I love you, and you are the best Great niece! You notice I said GREAT niece!" I love that those were his last words to me....He went fast, he didn't suffer, he wasn't sick, and he lived a wonderful eighty something years fifty of those were spent leading people to God.

He told my Dad yesterday before he died that he couldn't wait to get to heaven! I have to say, it sweetens the process a bit to know that he was so ready.

I will be spending the next few days with our family and church family celebrating his life. Please pray for his seven sons, I can't imagine how hard this is for them. I'll be back next week. xo, Sam

13 comments:

organicmommy said...

I am sorry for your loss, I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers and you grieve the loss of what sounds like a very special man!

LadySnow said...

I am sorry for your loss, but what a wonder testimony of his life.

Mary Ann Miller said...

I am sorry for your loss. What a sweet testimony to leave behind. Your uncle sounded like a dear saint.

Ellie Inspired said...
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Ellie Inspired said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss. I know that you have the joy of the Lord even in your sorrow but it sounds like he will be missed greatly too. Thanks for sharing his testimony with us.

LAnderson (Southern Stitches) said...

Sorry for your loss, but rejoicing with you in knowing that Your Uncle lived his life for Christ and that he's now with his Heavenly Father!

ShirleyC said...

Sounds like he was a very unique and special person. Prayers for your family at this time.

Rhetta @ On Raspberry Hill said...

Sharing in your sorrow, but rejoicing with you over your Uncle Sterling's change of address. God bless you and your family!

seemommysew said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, but thankful that he was so ready and now he is celebrating with his Saviour. :)

andreak said...

What a legacy to leave for his family. It is so gracious of God to give us such sweet people to share our lives with here on this earth. Praying for your family.

Cherishing My Days said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss! Very strange that my husband lost his uncle yesterday too. He was also a dear man of God. I guess Heaven is a bit sweeter for both of us!

Debbie said...

Sam,
I'm sorry for your family's loss and I'm praying for your family.

Kirkskorner said...

Just found your blog today.
My timing has always been impecable. Bless you and your family.

"Death is swallowed up in victory..."
1 Corinthians 15:50-55