Just over four months ago, Uncle John’s wife, Beulah, died. They were married 72 years! They enjoyed a wonderful life together—a close relationship, a good marriage. Yesterday, Sunday, April 10, I attended
Uncle John’s funeral (Uncle John’s obituary).
I had the opportunity to visit with Uncle John just over two weeks ago, along with Ethan and Sarah. The one thing from that visit I will remember is his reminiscing, mostly about the things he and Aunt Beulah
did together, and saying he wouldn’t do anything differently.
What a gift to have that kind of peace in one’s life. Some people talk about living with “no regrets,” but I think what Uncle John had went deeper. It was a sense of peace with God. This peace brought peace in his relationships as well as an inner peace that only God can give.
To live with “no regrets” can mean living a self-centered life. Uncle John’s life was anything but. His life was lived for God and for others.
Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives …” (John 14:27).
Lord, grant us your peace!