"Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him" (James 1: 12)
I was saddened by the news from my wife this morning that my father-in-law had passed away sometime during the early hours of this morning.
When Belinda and I started going out nearly 22 years ago and I met "Uncle Andy" for the first time, I found that we shared the same birthday - 28 May. Over the years, "Pops" (as I called him after Belinda and I were married) and I would share many more things - especially the fact that I could even meet and later marry my Proverbs 31 wife at all. For when Belinda had leukaemia at the age of 6, he was the one who provided the life-saving bone marrow necessary for transplant. He worked himself to the bone, at great cost to his own health, to provide for his family amidst the mounting medical bills - all because he loved his daughter more than life itself.
While he didn't have a great education, he instilled the values into his three girls that made them what they are today. He was not a rich man, but what he had was worth more than gold.
In later years Belinda and I tried our best to make their "golden years" a little easier, and my son has had the privilege of having his grandparents living right next door to him for the past six or seven years. James and Oupa would spend many an hour, just talking about "stuff" - secrets between grandfather and grandson that parents are not meant to be privy to.
Pops, however I may remember you in years to come, I'll forever be grateful to you for giving me your daughter. The love in her eyes will always remind me of the love you had for your family. You may have been seen as a chatterbox at times, but it was this quality that made you a friend to many, and an an enemy to none.
You will be sorely missed.
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