“Until death do us part” is a common part of many wedding vows. It is a promise to never separate before death.
But here I’ll also use it to describe when our own death parts us from this world. Recently there were two deaths in our family. So it’s a sad time for me and my wife to have two family members who recently died. The older family member died from old-age lung issues complicated by a fall. The death was sudden, but it was expected sooner rather than later. The other, a young family member, was shot to death in the home by two robbers. Suddenly, unexpectedly, and “before his time”.
My own father died from complications of cancer side-effects from drugs taken to combat his MS. That was many years ago and he died the day after I introduced him to my fiancee. It was an emotional period in my life to be faced by parental death and betrothment. Continue reading
I was born Deaf, but became deaf through a marvel of technology: the hearing-aid. What’s the difference between Deaf and deaf? Heart language and culture. There is a range in the severity of deafness. Mine was severe enough so I could not hear well enough to use a spoken language. Fortunately, hearing aids became available to me when I was in second grade. They were very large and expensive. With the hearing aid I could learn to speak English with the help of a Speach Therapist. My therapist also taught me how to read lips. English became my heart language, not ASL. So I was able to make my way through public schools. I barely made it to college, but then almost flunked out in my first term. By changing to a different major and minor, I had more teachers who spoke English without an accent. That made all the difference for me. I struggled all the way to graduation. Continue reading
I like using the YouVersion app for reading the Bible. One feature is a daily verse. Today’s verse reads:
Hebrews 13:16 “And do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for God is pleased with such sacrifices.” (NET)
The book of Hebrews was my father’s favorite book of the Bible. He would read it every day. Because he had MS that became more of a challenge as the disease progressed. MS made it hard for him to be a father to me. I had my own challenge as a hearing-impaired child. So my mother became like a single-parent, caring for us kids, but also caring for her husband. Continue reading