Early this morning my grandfather passed away. He'd only been ill for about 2 months - before that, almost in perfect health. He was a really good guy, had been happily married for well over 50 years and had 5 kids who he adored plus us 15 grandchildren who adored him. He will be missed.
THOMAS AUSTIN BARKER - may he rest in peace.
The last couple of months my father has had this on his study wall, right in front of him. He wrote it himself (even though, as he says, he's 'a science and maths man through and through and doesn't get English as a subject') and the sentiments expressed gave him comfort which I'm thankful for. This is what it says:
As I sit here I commit my Dad into the hands of a God
who is all powerful and all wise.
I remember also that while I can only be in one place at a time
my God is everywhere all the time.
I hand over my Dad to a God who never needs to sleep
and watches over Dad no matter where he is.
Most importantly though,
I remember that my God loves my Dad even more than I do,
and that He does only good for those he loves.
I remember that my Dad has trusted God for years,
in good times and tough,
and I know that our God can always be trusted.
Please help me to trust you.
I only have a few pictures on my computer of him. They will suffice for this small post.
My grandparents earlier this year for their wedding anniversary party.
Grandpop and me in 1991. Me in a not so flattering hat...
Grandpop in the late 1950s. The rest of the photo just had some other relatives in it (including his first child who'd been born weeks earlier). Not the most flattering shot of him ever but in it, he's still quite young.