Shelly, I know this may sound strange; Here is so short and he was so good. I get excited about our loved ones who know the Lord. He has gone to a place that awaits us Christians. He will not have worries or pain there. He has victory and Jesus will take care of Him. He rest awaiting glorification. He was elected, called, justified and now your celebration of his life he shared with you. He is at total peace and soon (to him seconds) he will be in eternal bliss. Sadness is temporary and soon joy will heal your heart, knowing he is so Love by our Lord! Peace and God's comfort, Erin
Walk through your journey with a loving open heart and as well mind. Treat others as you would like to be treated. Laugh, if at nothing else yourself.
My dear sister Im so glad you're back home and my prayers along with my brothers and sisters here are with you John and his family. I thank you for sharing your tribute to Carl with us. Even though we didnt know him he was our brother and we cry and share in your loss and yet at the same time we rejoice because we know he is with Jesus. No more pain and no more suffering for Carl he is praising the Lord and rejoicing with the angels.
The awesome promise we have from the Lord is that you will get to see him again in a place more beautiful than we can imagine so I ask you Lord to comfort my sister and brother during their time of loss of their loved one. Wrap your loving arms around them dry their tears and let them know you are with them. We give you praise Lord Jesus for loving us with an unfailing love and comforting my brother and sister for you know what its like to lose someone you love for you also wept over your dear friend who had died.
John 11:20-35 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home. “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her,
“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” “
Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.” When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him.
When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there. When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied.
Thank you Jesus for understanding and loving us during our times of loss we lift our hands in praise to you for being such an awesome loving God in sharing and knowing our pain of loss. We honor you and love you Lord. In Jesus Name I pray Amen.
My father in law was so much more than just a person legally known as my father in law. He was a man I was lucky enough to have as a friend. There was a special bond between us that was not seen by the naked eye, but could only be felt through a warm heart, a loving touch, a smile, and through his hugs which lasted with me long after I walked away. My dear friend Carl I carry him in my heart now and forever. Your laughter, your smile, and your love will be with me always!
Below is Carl's obituary. Last names have been deleted in respect and for privacy:
Carl L. _____ May 10, 1932 - Jan. 30, 2011 February 1, 2011 Carl L._____, 78, Altoona, died Sunday afternoon at Altoona Regional Health System, Altoona Hospital Campus.
He was born in Water Street, son of James L. and Anna M. (____) _____. He married Phyllis ______ on June 1, 1957, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Juniata.
Surviving are his wife; and five children: David L. of Everett, John . and wife, Michele, in Ohio, and Lisa . _____, Deanna . _______ and Marsha L. ______, all of Altoona.
He was preceded in death by a brother, T. Eugene; and a sister, Norma J. Kephart.
Carl was a 1950 graduate of Juniata Valley High School and attended Shippensburg State Teachers College. He served in both the National Guard in 1952 and the U.S. Army from 1952-54, stationed at Fort Knox, Ky., and attained the rank of corporal. He was employed with Brumbaugh Body Co., where he custom built fire trucks for 33 years.
Carl was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Juniata, serving as Sunday school superintendent, Sunday school and men's Bible class teacher, Congregational Council president and lector. He also was a 50-year member of Logan Lodge, where he served as chaplain for numerous years, and belonged to the Jaffa Shrine, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Altoona Consistory, Alexandria Sportsmans Club and Tyrone Sportsman's Association.
He enjoyed hunting, bowling, trap shooting, attending Curve games and knitting hats and scarves for various charities which he did during the time he had cancer and continued doing so there after.
Dear God, as always you were there for me once again. You know what I have been through, I do not need to share any details or the pain, and sorrow , or circumstances we endured. You were with us the whole time. Through my tears you comforted me. Thank you for ALL that you do for me. I praise your name as you are good to me in all times, and in ALL ways. In my joy and in my pain Lord, in my sickness and in my health my God is there with me, and in suffering, and in my joy...you are my friend, my companion, and you surround me with your love. How grateful I am of how you were with me and my husband and my family each day this past week. Thank you dear God. You are always with us as each tear drops. You brought us comfort in every way. For you give us your support, your love, your grace, and your strength. We were in pain, yet you lifted us up through your grace, you filled us with peace as we came to you in your name. Not our will was done but your will Lord, and through it all you were gloried! We all said that we accepted your will, and Carl's life was glorified through you! All who came, and all who read about Carl, knew of Carl, and those who went to the funeral learned more about Carl and his service through you! Carl's love shined through you, and his life was a wittiness of you and your kind and loving heart!!! Thank you dear God for giving us this wonderful man. We are blessed knowing he is with you now. As our hearts mend help us during this year as there will still be times and moments our hearts will be tender. As we cry missing this dear man, be with us and magnify our grace within us. In Jesus name I pray amen.
I am back now. We returned from PA Sunday night. I clung to God and prayer many days while I was in PA. We were there for a week. Tears filled all of us while we were there. My family (in laws) comforted one another with love and support and I grew closer to them through it all. I held my husband, my sisters and mother (in law), as we cried and they saw the love in my heart I have for Carl as we grieved together.
We shared our stories of laughter remembering Carl, the things he said, and did. The times he gave and the times he laughted, and the times he cried. This past week we grew as a family remembering God and praying for his support and grace.
Thank you all for your prayers. They meant so much to me. While I was in PA, at times I thought about my Spark family saying prayers for me, and the people I love so much, my dear family who is in so much pain.
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