As my day progressed Tue. June 29th 2021, a call came into our home relating my brother Ed had passed and was now at peace. Two things went through my mind the feeling of loss and the sentiment of mourning.
Then, a conversation we had, came to mind, Ed, was not fearing death and asked me not to spend a great deal of time mourning his passing, as in his mind it would be an act of selfishness on my part. Instead he asked if I would rejoice and celebrate his going home. My brother was a humble man who served the Lord with all his heart. Passing to him was a blessing in his mind, he looked forward to being with his wife Marlene who passed earlier in the month.
During his time after Marlene’s passing, Ed at night would ask the Father to take him. He related the Holy Spirit revealed he needed to be patient his time was not yet and to stop asking, the Father has heard his prayers. We both had a chuckle at that and Ed related he had stopped asking.
My brother was a humble individual who had served the Lord over the past 55 years completing many different tasks in that time. As an example he related how he built a retreat in Hinton while relying on the Father to provide the material. Which was donated willingly sometimes by individuals who did not believe, but found it in their hearts to assist with materials. Then a call came in relating a camp was shutting down in the area and all the single beds, that had never been used, were going to be discarded to the dump unless Ed could find a way to retrieve them. They became a part of the retreat.
Ed related how he needed a place to live while completing the retreat, a call came in their were some houses in the camp which could be obtained for free, but had to be moved by the individual receiving them.
This apparently was going to be a challenge because there was a bridge to be crossed leaving 1″ of clearance on either side no room for error, Ed in prayer laid his problem before the Lord, he received his answer, cut it in half and move each part. Which he did and moved it to a preformed foundation and reassembled refurbished it, having a home to live in while constructing the retreat at no cost, which became a residence for the staff operating the retreat later.
This was one of many testimonies he related the Lord had been a part of while they were in service. Marlene and Ed’s lives encompassed several missions which touched numerous lives and brought peace and fulfillment to many.
It is with admiration and sincere joy in my heart knowing his passing has relieved him of this life of pain and sorrow in exchange for one where there is no disease pain or turmoil, but one filled with love and peace and the presence of our Father and Son.
I say, my brother, I will miss those days we shared testimonies of God’s work in our lives and those days where I knew I could call and have you uplift and guide me back to the narrow path, I will reach into my memory bank when I’m low and recall all the good the Lord has done in both of our lives. I will recall all the chuckles we had over how the Lord chose to work in our lives and we did not realize at the time God’s presence and hand was there. We would then recognize it while testifying and chuckle, as we shared with each other the power and glory of God.
I thank you for preparing me as your younger brother for your absence in my life, by bringing forward all the events you and God worked together in, as deep memories in my heart of the Love you received and how the lord provided it. Thank you for even in the last moments of your precious life, you shared what was the most important thing God’s love, in a way, I will be able to recognize it in my life, as I continue my journey as a Pilgrim. I thank you all for listening, as I praise my brothers departure to a glorious life.
May the Lord bless those who have received these words.