I’ll Be Seeing You

Dad’s funeral will be held this Wednesday, December 19th at 10:30 AM at Gateway Church in Southlake. The graveside service will be held in Barlett, TX, at 4 PM

My daughter wrote this on her blog shortly after her Papa passed away. I thought you would enjoy a glimpse of her journey in dealing with her Papa’s death.

So today I saw my Papa take his last breath of air on this earth. It was a touching moment to see him step from this realm to the presence of Jesus. It was very hard and I have my moments where I cant believe the man that brought the words grandpa to true meaning is no longer here. 

When I got to the house I immediately went to the chair he ALWAYS sat in to either watch TV or visit with the visitors. It still had the paper he was reading, and the pens he was marking with. I curled up against that worn leather just to feel the warmth that it onced carried by my Papa. I would give anything to hear him laugh with his deep laugh.

He went peacefully this morning at 6:25 am. As soon as his shallow short breathing stopped so did the color of life that flowed in his body. I was cold and heartbroken looking at him with my dad, yet however mixed in all of it there were also tears of joy as he was right then in the presence of God and His Son knowing that one day I shall be with him again.

Thank you all for your prayers and support that have meant a great deal to my family. Thank you all again for your prayers.

5 Comments

  1. Julia, you have now entered the eternal realm of writing. Once you expressed the death of a loved one , you understand more clearly the unseen. You feel your own salvation nearer than ever before. This was beautiful. You kissed the place where heaven meets earth. What a precious memory. Hold on and let the Lord continue to speak and write, write, write. You are truly your mother’s daughter. I see her hand printed all over your life. I feel your love for not only your grandfather but your endearing love for your dad in the midst of such a beautiful experience.

  2. our prayers and thoughts are with you. may the comforter give you peace during this difficult time. we love you wilks family.

    matthew and serah

  3. Carol, Wayne, Ginger, and families:

    What a blessing to read your sweet thoughts from your Dad’s last hours.
    I join those who pray for you all during this time of grief and remembering.
    So thankful for your Dad’s long, faithful life. Haven’t seen you in some time, but you all are dear to me and my family.
    Peace be with you,
    Sharon

  4. I’m going to quote a poem Bonnie posted a week ago, though it now must seem like forever ago. I’m gonna change one word though:

    Exultation is the going
    Of an inland soul to sea, –
    Past the houses, past the headlands,
    Into deep eternity!

    Bred as we, among the mountains,
    Can the living understand
    The divine intoxication
    Of the first league out from land?

    We mourn with you guys as you mourn, but not without hope. You’ll be seeing him, indeed. Your Papa climbed much, and picked out a good path for you to climb as well, I’m sure in the hopes that you would climb even higher. And one day this climbing will cease as we join with blissful eternity.

    But until then, “Further up and higher in.”

    Love you guys,
    Jeremy and Kami

  5. I was in the room with Julia as we witnessed my dad’s passing. Julia was beautiful at that amazing moment as well as throughout this whole process. She mourned deeply. She also smiled and laughed throughout those days, hours, and those moments, for what was also truly gained.
    Julia, you didn’t shrink back from the tough and difficult times. You didn’t hold back any of your light-hearted joy either. For that I’m grateful to have shared this difficult, yet sweet, time with you.
    I love you.

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