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My Life on Hold

My Life on Hold

I’ve never experienced a time in my life where I put everything on hold to serve like I served these last two weeks. What a privilege. I know there are many who are a pro at this. My wife, Belinda, is one who will drop everything to serve someone in a time of need and I admire her for it. My mom devoted her last seven years to basically letting everything else go to serve my Dad. What service! I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm so glad I did what I did.

I don’t give myself any credit for doing this; I’m simply remarking what a sacrificial service it is to put your life on hold to help someone else. It might be the greatest sacrifice. There is a lot to learn just sitting beside a hospital bed waiting to be summoned for a sip of water or to do some errand your love one can’t (like get the bedpan).

It makes me appreciate the ministry of the Holy Spirit. He is always ready to listen when we want to talk. He promised never to leave us or forsake us. He is constantly supplying our needs even when we don’t recognize His help. He protects us from who knows what!

I also appreciate Indian Creek and the staff who’ve handled nearly all my responsibilities so I could put my life on hold. It is a learning experience and a place where I know I need to grow.

If you haven’t heard the details yet, my Dad’s Celebration service is Thursday, Feb 4, 6 P.M., at Indian Creek Community Church, Olathe, KS. In lieu of flowers the family request donations to the Paul Kendall Memorial Fund at Cornerstone Bank, Overland Park, KS www.cornerstonebk.com

Thanks for your tremendous support and all the prayers offered on our family’s behalf.

3 comments (Add your own)

1. Judy Burrell wrote:
Gary,

Know that you are loved and appreciated and our prayers for you and your family are constant. You've been such a supportive son and I know how much that means to parents. Thanks for being so real and faithful.
Love You Bunches!
Judy & Gary

Mon, February 1, 2010 @ 7:41 PM

2. Tony Blumenberg wrote:
Gary & Brad,
Be assured of our prayers as you celebrate your Dad's life. Yes, he did have a twinkle in his eye! He definitely loved God & loved people. He loved you more than you'll ever know. You guys are who you are because of the influence of your Mom & Dad's lives, as they raised you to love God & love people. We love you & we're praying for you. (someday, I'll share a memory I have of your Dad, but I want to do it personally & not in print) God bless!
Tony & Sherry Blumenberg, Muskogee, OK

Mon, February 1, 2010 @ 8:38 PM

3. Allan & Marian DeWitt wrote:
Dear Gary-Belinda and family our condolences go out to you with your dad passing on, however the joy that you feel in knowing the presence that he is in has to be a smile creator! We had the opportunity to meet and speak with your dad a short while ago and we know of his love of family, others and the Lord. May all of you be especially close at this time! Your friends, Al&Marian DeWitt

Tue, February 2, 2010 @ 8:47 AM

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