Friday, March 20, 2015

Requiescant in Pace

On Thursday night, about 10:30 pm, my Dad, Albur Peters, fell asleep in the arms of His Savior. He was 87 years old and leaves Florence, his wife of nearly 65 years, my brother Murray, my family (Amy and children Joseph, Andrew, and Rachel), and one sister and brother-law. He received Holy Communion about 3:30 pm that day and about 30 minutes before he died, we prayed with him the Commendation of the Dying, read Scripture to him, and he prayed with us the Our Father. Among the last words he heard before he closed eyes in Jesus were the final lines of the hymn, Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart.

Lord, let at last Thine angels come,
To Abr’ham’s bosom bear me home,
That I may die unfearing;
And in its narrow chamber keep
My body safe in peaceful sleep
Until Thy reappearing.
And then from death awaken me,
That these mine eyes with joy may see,
O Son of God, Thy glorious face,
My Savior and my fount of grace.
Lord Jesus Christ, my prayer attend, my prayer attend,
And I will praise Thee without end.

We expect that his funeral will be Tuesday morning at Golgotha Lutheran Church, where he was baptized, confirmed, and a lifelong member. Burial will be here in Wausa. My Dad was adamant that there be no flowers -- first because he was a simple man and did not desire anything special and, as he insisted, it is Lent and there are no flowers during Lent. He worked nearly every day of his life and was at his store and business from the time he was diagnosed the first week in February until weakness prevented him. He was born at home and he died at home -- a blessed gift not often appreciated.

Please keep my family in your prayers.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

May he rest in peace and rise in glory, and may light perpetual shine upon him. Amen.

Fr.D+

Pastor Harvey S. Mozolak said...

As the last days of Lent casts the shadow of the holy cross over you and yours and your father now fallen in death's deep sleep know, that the Son will arise your light forever, even our Lord, brother and King, Jesus Christ. Harvey

merciesandjoys said...

God's peace to your family in their mourning. May we all have such a blessed death as your dad did, with so much assurance of His Savior's love. "Blessed in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints."
-Heather S.

merciesandjoys said...

"Precious in the sight of the Lord..." that is...

Anonymous said...

God's peace to you and your family. Your father sounds like a great example to all Christians still here on earth.

James

tubbs said...

May Our Lord keep your strength up to get thru these painful times.
God bless you and your house

Anonymous said...

My aunt died on Thursday as well. My prayers are with your family.

Dixie said...

What a blessed man he is to have lived such a full and rich life in the Christian faith with his wife and family. We are going through some issues in our family and periodically I start to weep for my loss. But my brother helped me with some simple wisdom. When the feeling of loss presents itself, remember to good times. May your father's memory be eternal in the Kingdom of God.

Janis Williams said...

What is there to say but, "he in glory shines" while his family and friends mourn.

Continued prayers for all concerned....

ginnie said...

"Blessed in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints."