Commentary By: Gordon King
I was awoken by a call at 1:57 am (PST) today. A calm and quiet voice on the other end of the line said : “I am so sorry to have to tell you this, but your father has just passed on”. I haven’t been able to sleep since, hence this post.
I knew this was coming, the day that my Dad would pass on from this world into heaven. For the past two months or so, my Dad became very ill quite suddenly. Just before that he was completely independent, living a full life with his wife.
He spent the past two months in and out of the hospital, back and forth to a nursing home. I was told in December that he would probably pass in two or three days. He didn’t eat for about two weeks, no food, no water. But, he made a miraculous comeback for about a month. He was able to eat and drink, to speak, and propel a wheelchair with his feet.
I know that because of all the prayers and support that he and I have received, he was given a little more time to be with his wife and loved ones. I give my thanks to all those who have prayed and supported me and my Dad!
King Solomon was a very wise man, in fact the wisest man to ever live. He wrote in the book of Ecclesiastes:
“To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:
2 A time to be born,
And a time to die;
A time to plant,
And a time to pluck what is planted;
3 A time to kill,
And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
And a time to build up;
4 A time to weep,
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance;”
I take comfort in knowing that my Dad was a born again Christian. That he is now with our Lord and Savior in heaven. No more pain, no more suffering, no more tears, only comfort, peace, love, and joy!
One day soon I shall be reunited with my Dad in heaven, in the presence of Jesus Christ. I too will be going home where I belong.
Once again, thank you all for your prayers and support. God bless!
Yahweh Shalom be your peace, thank you for informing us about the happenings of this world
Amen. I feel your sadness Gordon and my prayers are with you and your family on this solemn day.
Remember, “In the way of righteousness is life, And in its pathway there is no death.” (Prov.12:29) Grieve for your loved one, your dad. But also rejoice, for as you have quoted Solomon ‘there is a season’ for everything’. Our Lord said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death to life.”(John 5:24) By everything you’ve said regarding your dad he was a man of God; “knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.” (Rom.6:9) or us if we walk with Him. Praise be to God in the Highest!
Even though death comes to all of us, “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.” (1Cor.15:21); To the saved (Jesus’ followers-Christians) it’s only a deep sleep, and on the day of Our Lord’s return the dead in Christ will be awaken to meet Him in the air. “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” (1Cor.15:52)
“…,’Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.'” (John 11:11) Lazarus was in the tomb for a few days, before Jesus arrived. And He too wept for his friend. In weeping you cleanse your soul and with prayer are able to forge on. Death is but a deep sleep for those who abide in Christ. “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to ever lasting life…”(Dan.12:2) “I am He that lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.” (Rev.1:18) Therefore ‘death has lost it’s sting’. “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection; on such the second death has no power, but they shall be priest of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.” (Rev. 20:6) Rejoice that you will see him when the last trumpet is sound.
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” (Rev.21:4) “…Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” (John18:37) Although you have lost your dad, his physical presence, he is always in your heart, until the gathering of the saints.
Be consoled in God’s word my friend, for His return is sure and on the horizon…
May the Lord bless you deeply as you say “aloha” to your earthly father. God bless.
He asked me to tell you.
Gordon, you, your family and friends have our deepest sympathy and at the same time we celebrate the arrival of your father! My Mother went on to Glory a year ago January 16th. She is missed, however, I’m soooooooooooo glad that she is in heaven with Father, Jesus and loved ones from this earth!
Gods peace, joy, happiness and safety on you and yours! The blood of our Savior covers it all!
Thank you Rita! God Bless
Thank you SweetJava for your kind words and sympathy. And thanks for the message as well! God bless
Thank you Dr. Gary for your kind words and sympathy. I know that my Dad is now where I want to be. God Bless!
It is with sorrow that I received your news regarding the passing of your dad, yet knowing he is present with the Lord and in perfect peace and rest. I pray for an outpouring of God’s grace and strength for you in this trying time Gordon. May God cover you his comfort and assurances and supply all your needs.
Revelation 21:4 “ ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
I praise Jesus and thank him for his sacrifice so we can reunite with our loved ones someday in heaven! What a wonderful incomprehensible gift. I have prayed for you and your father for a long time. I am so glad he was saved. He can hang out with my dad who died two years ago. I know that you were kind of expecting his death but I also know that doesn’t necessarily make it easier. I didn’t get to say goodbye to my dad he died at suddenly at work. The one thing that helped me the most was knowing I will see him again someday!
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 “Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.”
Praise The Lord! Father God send your ministering Angels to comfort my friend. Fill him with your peace that passes all understanding. Thank you for Gordon and his ministery. Amen.
Thank you Ethin. I know that he is now in a better place. Amen
Thank you Rebecca for your comforting scripture passages, thoughts and prayers!
I thought for sure my Dad was going to pass a couple of months ago. But, the Lord had other plans. He kept him around a little longer, I believe due to all of the prayers he received.
I have had a few months to grieve for my Dad. This makes it a little easier now, but I have my moments. Sleeping has been difficult for the past two nights. But I know that he is with our Father in heaven, that helps the most. The closest that I have ever been to my Dad has been the past ten years. This makes his passing harder to swallow. I can’t talk to him on the phone anymore, or visit with him. But I know that one day soon I too shall be in the presence of the Lord and reunited with my Dad!
My Dad loved to fish. Maybe our Dads are up there right now fishing together!
Thanks Rebecca, and God bless! Maranatha
I am very sorry brother Gordon to hear of your father’s loss.My condolences to you and your family.But the time for your glorious unison with him again is very nigh.And the glory of the latter shall be even more than the former.So rejoice.
Thank you Nithya! I appreciate your kind words. God bless sister!
sorry for your loss Gordon, I’m glad he left this world before the Great Tribulation! God Bless us All
Thank you Rose. God bless