- Updated: 25 February 2020
… and my heart is heavy for Glenda’s family as they are preparing to honor her life tomorrow in a memorial service. Ken was Glenda’s husband for over 60 years. Linda and Glenda are twins, so Linda is grieving a relationship of a lifetime. Glenda’s children, siblings and so many nieces and nephews have known her all their lives. I have a little over 18 years with this family as a pastor and friend.
Glenda graduated from this life to heaven (to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord) on Tuesday, February 18 around 4 pm PST. I had stopped by knowing she was nearing the end of her life and happened to be in the house when her daughter announced that her breathing had stopped. She was surrounded by loved ones and she very quietly slipped into whatever mode of transportation the Lord sent for her… I think for Glenda He may have chosen a NASCAR type of ride… that whisked her away at heavenly speeds that brought a smile to her face that may now be permanent.
The heaviness of my heart is not sadness, but rather a deep love for my friends who will be experiencing their grief journeys. Some of it is sadness, true, but the task of living forward with Glenda’s memory is their privilege, and I am heavy-hearted about how I can be most helpful in the process. From the many people who have taught me about this journey in bereavement groups, I know the journey is good, but the challenges are great. So, I am balancing my heavy heart with great expectations that Glenda’s legacy - her life as a fierce advocate for her people, a woman with great wit and wisdom, and one who modeled Christlike friendliness – will be fully embraced by Ken and his peeps from now until Christ returns and reunites us all.
The gathering is on Tuesday, February 25th at the Temecula United Methodist Church, at 1 pm.
For His glory,