By God's grace Lindsey and I were able to pack up the car and N. for a trip back to Iowa for Lindsey's grandpa's funeral. N. did really well, and then we hit Indianapolis. She cried for about the last 3 or so hours of the trip. It was hard not to pull over and just find a hotel, but we pushed on and by God's grace we made it. The trip back was much better, but we stopped and stayed in a strange hotel in Wheeling, OH. Ask me about it sometime if you're curious.
Poppa had alzheimer's and his health had been deteriorating over the last four years or so. It was a sorrowful and a yet joyful privilege to be able to put together the funeral service and to be able to preach the gospel too. We don't have a recording of my sermon, but if you're interested I do have a manuscript of it. If you would like you can read Poppa's obituary at the Quad City Times website here.
The funeral was on August 6, 2010. Nonnie's pastor, Craig Rolinger from Oak Ridge Bible Chapel in Milan, IL, preached an encouraging message from 1 Thessalonians 4 (and a few other passages) at the McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home in Bettendorf. Then I preached a message from John 9:35-41 about how "Jesus Christ the Perfect Eye-Doctor" (Poppa was an ophthamologist) at the grave-side service at Davenport Memorial Park.
Picture - This is a picture of us with Lindsey's mother's side of the family after the funeral.