L o v e

A little over a week ago, my sweet grandpa went to be with the Lord. I've had to do a lot of processing because things are going to be very different without him.

My Pap was the kind of person who lit up the room. There's no better definition for "life of the party" than him. He was loud and definitely not afraid to say what he was thinking. Even if it was slightly inappropriate at times, it made him who he was.

He worked at Home Depot for years and hardly ever looked at his phone while working, so when I would go visit him, I would walk it and just stop until I heard his voice. If I didn't hear him that meant he was on his lunch break! Once I found him, he always had a crowd of people around him. Making them laugh about who knows what. Then he would proudly introduce me to everyone around him and always say I got my good looks from him.

Pap was not afraid of very much. He was stubborn and seemed to be invincible. Through every surgery, he would come out stronger than even the doctors would have predicted. He could complete any task that was asked of him, and if he didn't have the right tools, duck tape and bungee cords were his go-to. I can't tell you how many times his brake light on his red truck was retapped, and his bumper was hanging on by the thread of those bungee cords.

Pap cared deeply about people and loved with his whole heart. Even in his last few days, he told my grandma he was worried about his family and how we would be without him. He was more worried about us than himself. He always wanted to take away others pain and struggles.

Pap always treated everyone he met as if they were his own kids. He would speak as if he'd known them their whole lives. Welcoming many people into his home and often bringing extra food to work when he knew people who wouldn't have anything to eat.

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As all the memories flood through my head, I can't help but to see how much like Christ my grandpa was.

We are God's sons and daughters! He is our Heavenly Father!! We are children of the MOST high!

God loves us more than we can ever imagine! He sent his son to suffer and die for me and you to live! His love carries us day by day! His love never ends.

God wants us to give all of our sorrows to him and not carry them around! Pain is going to exist, but He wants us to know and be comforted by Him.

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My grandpa was such a bright and colorful man. He lived a life worth living. He lived life for the Lord, using his gifts to impact the lives of SO many. I'm so blessed to have had an amazing role model for the past 19 years of my life. It's not gonna be easy without having him around, but because of God's love, I can rest in the fact that he is in a much, much better place. Dancing in the streets of gold, talking to everyone he passes by!

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"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18

"And, "I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." 2 Corinthians 6:18

“Father to fatherless and defender of widows” Psalms 68:5

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10

"And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:7

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28