...my Uncle Rick who passed away this past Thursday and who's life we celebrated today. Go in peace, save us a place next to you, and play your heart out with your new lungs.
My Uncle Rick fought for his life almost his whole life and in all of his pain and sickness at the end of it, continued to give God the glory. He was an amazing trumpet player who played with passion and soul and who once said: "I have always played the trumpet for myself, but from now on I play the trumpet for God."
"It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed."
1 Corinthians 15:52
"When the trumpet sounds and I look around --- just be there" - Uncle Rick
And lastly, he spent time with a friend at the end of his life discussing the song and book "Shout to the Lord" and the meaning it had to his life. The power of these words never ceases to move me and make my heart overflow with thanksgiving, humility, and awe......what an awesome God we serve and what an amazing gift it will be to one day bow down before Him.
My Jesus, My Savior,
Lord, there is none like You
My comfort, my shelter,
Tower of refuge and strength
let every breath, all that I am
never cease to worship You
Shout to the Lord
all the earth, let us sing
power and majesty, praise to the King
mountains bow down
and the seas will roar
at the sound of Your name
I sing for joy at the work of Your hands
forever I'll love You, forever I'll stand
nothing compares to the promise I have in You