The Roll is Being Called…

“Roll call” is the out of date term for taking attendance, and figured prominently in an old gospel song about Heaven–“When the Roll is Called Up Yonder” (doesn’t that just sound quaint?).  It seems that the attendance of late being called in Heaven has touched our staff pretty significantly.  My mother in law, Beverly, answered “Present” just a few weeks ago.

Now, Merle Brock, mom to my trusty co-worker Jeff (and also to Lynn here at Grace and other Brock siblings) has answered the calling of her name last Sunday night.  The family had gathered at her bedside, and shared her final hours together.  Services will be in Columbus–visitation on Wednesday, memorial service Thursday evening (call the office for details).  Long a pastor’s wife and a faithful supporter of missions, she leaves a legacy of faithful service to God’s people and to her family.

And it seems that another name will be called soon…Melinda Howard’s father, Bill, is under hospice care in Indiana, finishing this life’s course with body and mind both failing him, but faithfully cared for by family and awaiting what Paul said was the “upward call” from the daily humiliations of approaching death to the glories of Jesus’s loving embrace. 

Each of these saints represent lives of faithful service, love and care given in great measure, and examples left to follow.

Each of us knows where our loved ones have gone or are going.  We also know that our names are on the same list, even though we don’t know the order in which they will be called.  We are ready.

Your name is there, too, isn’t it?

Published in: on August 12, 2008 at 9:57 am  Leave a Comment  

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