Today was a day our a family will never forget. We carried Grandpa Brown’s casket to it’s final resting place at Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens. He died early last Saturday, June 19th. But for Grandpa it is a temporary resting place. According to the promise of God, Grandpa owns the promise of the resurrection at the last day: “This is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:40). When we think about how much we will miss Grandpa, we are sad; but when we think about him and the bliss he is experiencing, we are full of joy.
Robert, James, and Daniel were able to come in for a brief visit to attend the services with us. At the funeral service, John Altizer (our cousin’s husband) told of the time when Grandpa had asked him to do his funeral. John took the opportunity to ask him of his relationship with Christ. Grandpa affirmed his faith in Christ at that time. When Grandpa was in poor health the mention of the Lord brought him great joy and comfort.
Esther put together picture displays of Grandpa with his family, and Donald, Robert and I were honored to be pall bearers along with our cousins. The graveside military honors were, as always, very touching. Following the ceremonies, Sabraton Baptist Church served a very nice dinner at the church. We showed a video that Jonathan had put together of our interview with Grandpa where he told of his experiences in WW II. We thank the Lord for all the memories we have with Grandpa Brown.
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.”