Joseph Herrin (12-27-2012)
Late in the evening of December 25th (Christmas Day) I received a phone call from my mother informing me that my father (Thomas Joseph Herrin) had passed away that afternoon. His funeral is to be held in Biloxi, Mississippi at the V.A. cemetery on New Years Eve day. My father was a former Air Force veteran.
My father had been suffering health problems for more than ten years after having had multiple heart bypass surgery and a heart valve replacement. He had expressed to my mother that he would like to pass in his sleep, and that is apparently what happened. He had lain down for a nap in the afternoon and did not awaken. Such is the mercy and grace of our heavenly Father. My father and mother had been married for fifty-four years.
My earthly father was a devoted Christian, having been led to the Lord by a Conservative Baptist pastor in Portland, Oregon when I was around three years old. Throughout his life he regularly attended Conservative Baptist, and later Southern Baptist churches, until his health would no longer permit. In his later years he was an eager advocate of Biblical creationism. He studied the subject intently, speaking often to his children, and any others who would listen, on this subject. He even took out subscriptions to Creation Ex Nihilo (out of nothing) magazine for his children, also purchasing for them expensive Bibles that contained creationist study notes.
My father was a compassionate man. Although he disapproved of the path I have walked since 1999, and he frequently expressed disagreement with my teachings, I always knew that he loved me. Despite my father and I being separated by many physical miles and spiritual beliefs, our Heavenly Father allowed me to meet with him on several occasions in the past few years. At each meeting I hugged his neck and told him that I loved him. Unlike many men of his generation who have had difficulty expressing affection, my father also told me (and my two sisters and a brother) that he loved us. This was a manifestation of the life of Christ expressed through my dad.
Precious in the sight of Yahweh is the death of His godly ones.
I will not be posting any blogs until the New Year, and will not be able to promptly answer e-mail at this time. Thank you for your prayers, and for your understanding.
May you be blessed with peace and understanding in these days,
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