Tuesday, February 17, 2009

PAPA


My papa died this last Thursday. It was very sad, but expected.....kind of.


My papa was not in the best of health toward the end, but he was still home. For that we are all thankful.


Papa was my daddy's daddy. I saw him often.....he lived just 2 blocks away during the first 18 years of my life.


My papa was a war hero. He received the Purple Heart for an injury he received during WWII. He was a paratrooper and was shot in the back while jumping behind enemy lines.


That's a neat story.


A story we never needed to be reminded of.....the bullet in his back, the one that couldn't be removed, shifted one night and paralyzed him on one side of his body. He was in his 30s when that happened.


He, in my memory, was always crippled.


I'm certain he was always in pain, but he never complained about it. He continued with life.


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I was very sad when I found out he had died. I was happy, though, that he seemed to die on his own terms. He was afraid that he would know when he was dying and that he would be aware of what was about to happen. He was afraid of being put into a nursing home. Neither of those happened. It was so quick that his doctor told my granny, "When I die, I hope it's as easy."


A friend of mine commented on my demeanor when she found out that I was getting ready to leave town to attend his funeral. She said that I was a lot calmer than a lot of people in the same situation. She then said, "I guess that is how it is with Christians...they don't have the same sadness....there is that hope...a celebration."


That is so true. I was sad, and AM sad that I won't see Papa again during my lifetime. But I will see him again. He was saved.


That man is now doing things that he couldn't do for over 50 years of his life.


He is no longer in pain.


He can walk.


How exciting it will be to see him again.

9 comments:

Everything Moms said...

Isn't God good??? To know that your papa has a perfect body and is with our Lord is such a comfort... still praying for you and your family!

Reflections in My Mirror said...

He sounds a lot like my grandpa! I miss him dearly, but I know he is able now to have no pain - emotionall or physically. I am glad you have very happy memories of your Papa. Hold on to those precious times you had with him. I am thinking of you!
Love;
Amy Q

tollesons4him said...

I am sorry for the loss of your Papa but I know it is so comforting to know that you will see him again and that he is no longer crippled or in pain he is running down those streets of gold!!

~LL~ said...

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Lisa said:

We have to take comfort in knowing that we WILL see them again one day. Continued prayers for your family ~LL~!

Lynn said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your Papa. He sounds like he was a wonderful man, and a strong influence in your life. Praise God that he knew Him! I'm sad with you.

Kaira said...

LL,

I'm so sorry for your loss but so happy you have the peace of knowing where your Papa is and the joy in knowing you will praise the King of Kings with him - what a comfort!

zoinatt said...

Oh {{LL}} I'm so sorry to hear about your Papa. He sounds like a wonderful man. Prayers for you and your family as you all adjust to life without him.

erica said...

That's such a sweet post. I love my grandparents! How wonderful it will be to see him again and the next time he'll be whole and healthy. Beautiful!!!

Alicia said...

Aww, I am sorry LL! So glad to hear he is with the Lord and we will all see him someday!!