Archive for December 29, 2009

In Memory of Mike Real

Mike Real, beloved husband of Bonny Boyd Real, father of Heather and Matt, grandfather of 4 precious children, our brother in law, went Home this morning. (Bonny is Dan’s youngest sister.) Mike was a life long resident of Hobart, Oklahoma.  Following major heart attacks almost 13 years ago, the doctors told him that he had only 5 more years to live.  Yet he lived far beyond their expectations…lived to be a partner to help Bonny in so many ways, to mentor his children, and grandchildren.

A quiet man, Mike was a true friend.  He grew to where he walked closely with the Lord.  Please, pray that God will comfort all those who are grieving their loss.  We are happy for Mike, now well, strong, there with Dan…and God.   I think if we could ask Mike or Dan, they’d say that the words to this centuries old song carries a sweet message that expresses their feelings and their wishes for us today, —

“Be Still, My Soul”

“1. Be still, my soul; the Lord is on thy side;

Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;

Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul; thy best, thy heavenly, Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

2. Be still, my soul; thy God doth undertake
To guide the future as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence, let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul; the waves and winds still know
His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.

3. Be still, my soul, though dearest friends depart
And all is darkened in the vale of tears;
Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
Who comes to soothe thy sorrows and thy fears.
Be still, my soul; thy Jesus can repay
From His own fulness all He takes away.

4. Be still, my soul; the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord,
When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul; when change and tears are past,
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.”

Hymn #651, The Lutheran Hymnal, Text: Psalm 46:10
Author: Catharine Amalia Dorothea von Schlegel, 1752,
Translated by: Jane Borthwick, 1855
Titled: “Stille, mein Wille”
Composer: Jean Sibelius, b. 1865, arr. Tune: “Finlandia”

May we take those encouraging words to heart…and be comforted.  — Anne

December 29, 2009 at 7:20 am 1 comment


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