From Glory to Glory!

Dad expired this morning at 6:26. His breathing was calm, and the room peaceful. It was a glorious expiration from this world to the next.

These words have never been more true:

“I am the resurrection and life, he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” John 11:25.

“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord” 2 Corinthians 5:8.

“Brothers and sisters, we don’t want you to be ignorant about those who have died. We don’t want you to grieve like other people who have no hope” I Thessalonians 4:13.

I am deeply honored to have know this wonderful man, to have called him “father,” to have enjoyed his humor, wisdom, and experience.

Dad, I can only imagine what it is like now for you to see the face of God, to see your family who went before you, to be in the arms of Jesus at last.

12 Comments

  1. Wow. Heaven just gained an amazing man. Right now he is getting to actually see what we have dreamed of for years! His loss here on earth will be felt for years to come. We feel like your loss is our loss, too. He was a great man. Whenever he talked to me, I felt like I was his best friend!
    Abba, surround the family with your tangible grace to walk through the journey that the next few weeks and years will bring.
    We love all of you.

  2. Bonnie,
    What a glorious day for him – I can only imagine!!!!!!!! As I listened to the above, my thoughts turned to the fact that he’s already done whatever he was going to do and it was more than any of us can imagine, but especially him!!
    Love you,
    Syble

  3. I played “imagine” and had a private moment of rmembering Wayne Sr. and the thumbprint he left on my life. If we had one more moment with Wayne – can you imagine what he could tell us now … what a glorious tomorrow we all have to look forward to. With the Wilks family in saddness and prayers …. Love, Mary Jo

  4. Dearest Bonnie:

    I am so sorry about the loss of Wayne’s father and grieve with you as this is the beginning of the passing of the baton where we truly stand on the shoulders of the previous generation. So much to be grateful for, yet facing the bitterness of a life lived now without their love, support, hugs and wisdom…and the awesome responsiblity of stewarding the legacy they have left behind for us.

  5. Bonnie & Wayne: Of course we’re deeply moved to hear of Wayne, Sr.’s graduation. And what strong comfort we take in knowing that death has no sting, rewards have been bestowed, and glorious reunions lie ahead.

    My you feel the Comfortor’s presence in especially tangible ways as we move through this season.

    Prayers and blessings. . .

  6. What a privilege it is to witness the transformation from this life to the next! It brings such clarity to our belief. What we now view with eyes of faith, Wayne Sr. views fully and completely – with no thing hidden. It is this reality that tempers our sorrow with joy. Wayne, we love you and are praying for you and your family. God does indeed carry us through these times.
    Peace to you – Norm and Lynn

  7. Dear Carol, and family,
    I just got back into town last night and my prayers were with you the entire time. My heart hurts for you all but I rejoice in knowing that Wayne is face to face with the One who loves him so much. His Father in heaven! I love hearing how much his children love and adore their dad. I told Tom I missed sitting with you all at the Christmas party this year as we had sat together the last few years and visited. Thank You Lord for your divine strength, and comfort for this precious family. Pour out your Love and Mercy on each one of them. Amen

  8. Bill and I are praying for you. Even though we know where you dad is, it’s so hard to let go here on earth. I understand your loss, and will continue to lift you up.

  9. Our hearts, while happy for Wayne, Sr., are certainly heavy with yours at the loss of your loved one. We will be praying for the strength and comfort of the Holy Spirit to surround you, and especially Carol, at this time.

  10. Wayne & Bonnie,
    You all have been precious as you share your journey and the ways that Adonai is walking you all, and the rest of us through it. Life being a Journey and Mr. Wilkes has moved on to the next level of the journey that we can only imagine about…being with our Lord and Saviour. We do have the hope and ability to look ahead to a wonderful reunion. Until then, May Adonai continue to comfort all the family.

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