Saturday, June 16, 2012

It's Not Far...

from here to Jesus
His loving arms are opened wide
Close your eyes and He will lead you
Safely to His side
There's no need for you to fear Him 
You can trust Him with your heart
It's not's not far

A few years ago for Christmas I spent an evening with my friend Ben Jenkins and recorded a CD for my daddy.  I wanted to make something special for him to be able to listen to and actually use.  One of the songs was originally recorded by Newsong when Michael O'Brien was with them.  I emailed Michael to see if I could get the track to that song, because it was a special song that totally reminded me of my daddy.  The first verse talked about the dad being a hero to him and how the dad taught the boy to pray saying "It's not far from here to Jesus..." The second verse, years had past and the dad was at the end of his present life.  The person fumbled with words not sure what exactly to say, but he whispered in his ear his last goodbye, and said "It's not far from here to Jesus..." I was able to play that song that I recorded for him in the last hour of his life.  I'm so thankful for that opportunity.  God is so good.  He gave me an amazing dad to lead me to Jesus, to live the example of Jesus not only in the pulpit as a preacher, but also at home as my daddy. 

I can't explain the peace I have tonight, knowing that my dad is with Jesus.  It's still tough, but there is a peace.  He went peacefully too.  

I'm so thankful that I got the time I did these last 6 months.  I took a lot of time and spent at home with him or at the hospital leaving work and going straight there.  It's been incredible to see the impact my daddy had on other people.  The response from text, Facebook, phone, etc have been overwhelming.  I'm grateful to all who have expressed their sympathies.  

My daddy's favorite book of the Bible was Romans. I took it from him at Southland Bible Institute.  I know most people during this time like to quote from 8:28, but my favorite verse is previous...26 & 27.  Here is the message version
Romans 8:26-27The Message (MSG) 26-28Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God's Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don't know how or what to pray, it doesn't matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. 
This year I believe that God has been teaching me as I wait upon the Lord...the moment I get tired in the waiting, The Holy Spirit is right alongside me...helping me along the way.  If I don't know how OR what to pray, it doesn't matter..because He does my praying in and for me...making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans.  God has given us his spirit that Jesus promised us in John 14.  He told the disciples that there is a comforter who comes to help us.  The peace I had mentioned from the Holy Spirit.  Praise God from whom all blessings flow...praise Him all creatures here below...praise Him above ye heavenly host...praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost...AMEN!


Tammy Rowsey said...

As I sit her reading this most precious moment in your life, the tears are flowing, rejoicing that your daddy is in heaven without doubt, suffering no more and because today your hero left this earth and I know you will miss him greatly. You are such a wonderfully kind person and I know that comes from your up-bringing. There is a song I forget how the words go exactly but it is something like, "you're the only Jesus that some may ever see," that is you Dee Jay. When you look into your eyes you can and I do see Jesus and it sounds like your daddy had a huge part in that. I know you will miss him but soon, very soon we are all going to unite and walk those streets of gold together. I love you and you and the family are in my prayers. Tammy Rowsey

Tammy Rowsey said...

You are in my prayers. As I sit here and read about this precious time in your life and the scriptures that God has layed on your heart the tears flow. I rejoice in the fact that another angel has entered into Heaven yet I cry for the times I know that you will miss his earthly touch. I say earthly because heavenly he is holding on to you baby girl so tight and he always will until you meet again. There is a song, not sure of the exact words, "you're the only Jesus that some may ever see," that is you Dee Jay you are such a witness, when I look at you I see Jesus. I know that your daddy had a hand in that. I love you and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family right now. If you need anything please let me know. Tammy Rowsey