Bob & Cora embodied Christ in everything they did. They ensured that each one of their 3 kids, 11 grandkids, and 14 great-grandkids understood what God has done for our family and how faithful He is. The result has been a family that loves God and loves each other more than any I've ever seen. Their example has reinforced in me the importance of teaching the next generation of God's love.
More than anything else, they were prayer warriors. They prayed daily for each one of us, and the results of intercession were visible over and over. They knew what was important in life, and they kept their focus. Everyone who ever met them could see that. People sometimes say that it's unrealistic to expect to live your whole life the right way. I disagree, because I've seen Christ first hand, living through an old couple on a little farm in south Lincoln.
Seven weeks before her homegoing, just a few days after she'd moved into the nursing home where she would finish her time on earth, Grandma summed up the motivation of her life to my Mom:
"When the time of my life is over, I want it to be that what He wanted to say was coming out... and, that it was plain."
It was, Grandma. It was.
As a local, I watched the slow decline in physical health of both Bob (six years ago) and Cora. I was fortunate enough to record two videos of Cora in her final six months describing her thoughts on visiting heaven sooner than later. I hope I can stay that focused when the end of my earthly life is in sight.
I just have to share one more video. Given Grandma's newly restored body, my brother Casey wanted to play a more fitting tribute than the stodgy, old version of "Amazing Grace" that you typically hear at funerals. I hope you enjoy it as much as we all did and I know Grandma would have.