As I write this on Wednesday, December 05, 2018, the State Funeral Service for former President George H. W. Bush is on the TV. As a family, we await word of the passing of Bob’s brother in Wichita Falls. And so, as I usually do, I write about what is foremost on my mind and heart. The brevity of life. The possibilities we have for living a good life. For making a difference in the lives of others.

From the life of George H. W. Bush’s life, we learn many lessons. The importance of family. He and Barbara were excellent role models on how to be good parents and to raise a strong family. To do for others and put them first. To share the glory but to accept the blame. A Godly man who, though not perfect, did his very best to make the world a better, safer, more welcoming world for all.

Listening to the praise for this man, I’m reminded of the words spoken at the funerals of Bob’s Uncle Clyde West and his father Robert West. Men who cared about others more than themselves, who lived lives of service.

IMG_0475 David, Robert, and Bob West in the mid-70s

Bob’s brother David is well-loved with many friends. I expect we will hear many good things about him from those friends and loved ones. Even in his last days, he’s made us laugh. A real gift for sure.

To all of you who’ve recently lost loved ones or whose loved ones passed during this month of December, I send prayers for your peace and comfort. (Bob’s mother and my mother both died in December.) It makes this month more of a challenge, but God and friends and family will see us through.

And God will see our country through these difficult times, raising up leaders who can inspire us and serve us the way, George H. W. Bush did. May we find ways to make the world a better place for all.

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9 responses to “Passings

  1. Thinking of you. Last year at this time, we were in the same situation with my brother John dying from bone cancer. He passed away in the middle of December, so all of my thoughts are with him and with his family. But I know he’s up in Heaven and using his dry humor and his mandolin to entertain the angels and enjoying a glorious Christmas. Can you imagine what Christmas would be like in Heaven? Sending prayers of peace to you and your family.


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