My father-in-law passed away unexpectedly ten days ago. We all feel saddened and confused by this sudden change in our lives.
Although he spent most of his life working in an office ... in downtown Chicago ... in a skyscraper ... his heart remained on the prairie of his childhood home in rural South Dakota.
He loved everything about the prairie ... the agriculture ... the animals ... the seasons ... the people ... the expansive sky ... all of it! On the prairie, Mother Nature is in complete control ... she alone determines the pace by which people live and shapes who they become.
He loved children ... the five he fathered ... and the ten who call him Grandpa. He treasured their individual personalities and cheered their many "antics"! He was often the biggest kid amongst them!
We have spent this week ... in South Dakota ... remembering ... and loving one another.
"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven." Ecclesiastes 3:1
"Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10