Rushing past the computer, I felt compelled to log on; my in box had a message from Zenna.
Zenna sent out all the prayer requests from our church. I had been waiting on news about.
Jeff had spent the last four weeks in ICU. He had now been moved to the death watch list. Jeff was my age a young 53. Jeff who made everyone chuckle, who was never without his smile. I can just see him now approaching people at church to introduce himself. He never knew a stranger. The fellowship he shared had no limits
If you talked to him for more than five minutes, you would hear how he was still on this earth serving God because of his new heart. He loved to tell people the exact number of days since his heart transplant, Saturday was 4000 and 11.
Thirty three years ago he and his bride Cheryl who both loved God with their whole hearts, chose the song “Savior like a Shepherd Lead Us,” to be sung at their wedding.
Numbers are so amazing, as the sun started its ascent to the heavens above Saturday morning twenty five people stood in his ICU room. The hospital staff so kind allowed all of the family and pastors to gather around his bed to sing, to read from the Holy words of God and to pray Jeff to heavens shore to join Christ forevermore.
As I prepare for his Celebration of Life, I heard the song to be sung, will be Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us. Our youth pastor asked us to read Isaiah 40:11.
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall
gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them
in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that
are with young.
“Savior like a Shepherd Lead Us” Even in death Dan is still witnessing.
Tonight I attended his celebration of life; with over 700 people who joined in fellowship to sing, read from the word and pray. Our pastor said his last words to him were from 2 Corinthians 4:17 But our light affliction is but for a moment. Jeff I will miss your smile and your heartfelt amen’s. Enjoy heaven will see you soon.
Tears may come
Smiles may quiver
Stories will be told
The warmth he shared
Will always be
To all those
For which he cared
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