Updated: May 28, 2021
Good morning. It is Thursday, May 27, 2021.
We celebrated the life of Wendell Stark yesterday on what would have been his 66th birthday.
There were 18 of us at my house for dinner, followed by a 6-car procession to the cemetery to bury his ashes.
There was my daughter Carlie, son-in-law Bryan and grandson Warren. My son Larry and granddaughters Cambrea and Elleah. My grandson Quintin and wife Brittney. My granddaughters Austen and Hannah. My cousin Bo and his wife Lisa. My Uncle Dave and Aunt Jody. Good friends Russ, Paul and his wife Wendy and me.
We buried Wendell's ashes on top of my daddy's grave. My son Larry, named after my father, dug the hole. It was a somber moment.
My uncle read from his favorite Bible promise John 14:
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”
Some cried; I could not. Some spoke; some remained silent.
My grandson Quintin mentioned how his favorite memory of grandpa was how he would sing silly songs and try to embarrass the kids. It was true! I have memories of my children ducking down in the car so their friends would see them with the crazy man singing at the top of his lungs.
Wendell sang often, always off key, and always loud. His songs were mostly made up songs, but not all. Songs to me often included the phrase "Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" but that was about all he knew of that song :) He supplemented it with other words.
My son Larry confessed that he finds him self singing ludicrous songs to his dog when he is home alone. He said "I just realized, I get that from dad." We all laughed.
Speaking of dogs, I decided to bury the ashes of our beloved Golden Retriever next to Wendell last night. I don't know if all dogs go to heaven, but if really good dogs go, she will be there.
Wendell called me "Baby" and would often hold his hands out toward me, take a 'end of performance' stance and loudly say "Babbbbbyyyy" with a twinkle in his eye. It always made me smile.
Uncle talked about a "twinkling of an eye" last night at the cemetery. He spoke regarding 1 Corinthians 15:51-53:
"Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality."
At the last trumpet the dead will be raised incorruptible and will be changed!! Wow!
I don't know what age we will be. Will Wendell always be 65 or will he be a young man again? Who knows, frankly who cares! He will be changed. No more pain, no more cancer, no more heartache.
Revelation 21:4-6 ESV "He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment."
These words are trusty worthy and true!
Last night I spoke of 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. I have quoted it many times here, but it is important to me.
"...For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
And do not miss verse 18: "Therefore comfort one another with these words."
That is my goal here. To comfort you. To give you hope. To show you a better way than just 'this life.' Jesus came to save you. All you have to do is accept the free gift.