29 August 2009

RIP Jerry

For many months we have been praying for Jerry who was battling cancer. Today Jerry was healed - but not as we had hoped. From Fred:
This is going to be difficult. Jerry has died. I spoke with him less than one month ago, and while not doing great he was "holding his own". His esophageal cancer had been whipped. But, cancer soon returned to his lung. He took chemo, radiation, extra drugs to build his white count and nothing seemed to eradicate the cancer. Slowly, it eroded his health.
Fred also included a wee window into who Jerry was
Jerry was a car builder. He built them from the ground up and did it successfully. Not once, but many, many times. Bugs, buses, 41 sedans, 63 ford trucks, 29 T-Ford trucks, a Buick and a Lincoln.

His pride and joy, a 41 Ford Coupe was set aside. For some silly reason, I thought that as long as that car was not finished, God would leave him alone. I guess God's patience lasts only so long. The Coupe will now never be finished.
Let us pray:
    O God, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death, and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that your servant Jerry, being raised with him, may know the strength of his presence, and rejoice in his eternal glory; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

    Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord,
    And light perpetual shine upon him.
    May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed
    though the mercies of God rest in peace.