We are staying at Isaac and Anna's house with Luke and his girlfriend Kelly. The memorial service last night was huge. From 4-6 pm several hundred people came to the church to pay their respects to my mom and the family. Friends from 40 years ago came up to catch up with me and tell how much my dad influenced their lives. Some of my peers are now retired! Yikes! What's with that?
The church provided us with dinner for the family and then we processed in to the sanctuary. The sanctuary was totally filled including the balcony. I'm guessing nearly 500+ people. Liz, who flew in from Atlanta with Jeff, played a beautiful arrangement of "Thy Holy Wings Dear Savior)
" on the piano. 27 area Covenant pastors sat as a group and then sang "Children of the Heavenly Father" to us as their tribute to dad. The grandchildren acted as pallbearers and carried their grandpa to the funeral coach. That was very moving to see the ones dad once held in his hands now carrying his body. Again we had refreshments and conversations and did not get out of the church till almost 10:30 pm.
Isaac & Anna, Luke & Kelly and Martha & I then sat around for a couple hours unwinding. What a joy to have adult children who are my friends. We talked till after midnight.
Like usual, I woke at 6:00 am and sat with my coffee, the only one awake and reflected on being a blessed person. Now everyone is awake and moving.
Now at 11:30 today we gather at Ft. Snelling cemetery for his military burial.