TITLE: THE HARDEST VALLEY TO CROSS (part 6) final
By Verna Mull
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The day of the funeral arrived. As usual, I read the Bible that morning, and I happened to be in Psalms. I came across the verse in Psalms 94:19 KJV “In the multitude of my thoughts within me, they comforts delight my soul.” What a wonderful God to give me that verse the day of Vernon’s funeral.
When we set the day, I had not thought about it being our daughter, Linda, and her husband, Dave’s wedding anniversary, but I did think about it that day, and was sorry that we had chosen that date.
Somehow, we made it until the funeral. The church ladies cooked a meal for those that would attend. The day of the funeral was another great miracle of a gracious God.
As our pastor preached the funeral message, the Spirit was so powerful in the church. Vernon's school mates were all there, and the church was packed.
Sometime later, we discussed that there were many moments when we forgot that it was our son’s body in that casket. All I can say, “God was there!” At the close of the service Pastor McClun gave an invitation for all who would pledge to follow Vernon’s God, to stand. It was just like a mighty wind, as people stood to their feet, all over the church. At the graveyard, pastor said a few words and we sang “Hallelujah!”, and, once again, we could feel the presence of God. It was time for a final good-by, even though we knew he wasn’t really there, it was the last we would see of where his body was placed.
In God’s time, He has a way of healing the deepest of wounds. Writing this has made me understand even more of God’s grace. Yes, it has brought back a lot of the pain, but today, it’s easier to be thankful for the 18 years that we had him, and leave the rest to God, knowing that He makes no mistakes, knowing also, that when we really need God’s presence, He is always there at the exact moment one needs Him!
We are both so thankful that God had given Paul the experience that I first wrote about. God revealed to him that we just need to serve God, and leave all the answers up to Him.
We, as parents do not fully appreciate the great gifts that God has given us in our children. We failed as parents so very many times; but I hope, the fact that we do love them, is a fact that is very apparent to them.
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