William Henry O. Lake
This is a picnic that I have been dreading because today one of our favorite members is not with us.
It would be an understatement to say we miss him. In thinking about it I began to wonder whether we should be mournful about it though.
If we are Christians, and I believe we all want to be, we will remember Christ's words when He said "I go to prepare a place for you. If it were not so I would have told you." If we are Christians we also believe that God has made this marvelous and beautiful world.
So one can assume, I believe, when we put these two statements together that there is somewhere to go after death and it must be an exceedingly marvelous and beautiful place. Where man cannot pollute or destroy.
So with these beliefs in mind one can imagine Uncle Alex once again in god health and strength (perhaps not in the same body as we know him) attending a beautiful flower bed not because he has to or because someone has to look after it but because he loves the place and that great and wonderful person who is in charge.
Of course it is easy for me who saw him only once a year to minimize his absence. For you who lived with him and saw him all the time there is a big empty place which seems impossible to fill. You will find though as time goes by that that empty place will gradually fill up with happy and pleasant memories of him. So that instead of him personally with all his frailties of old age you will have the happy and pleasant man he used to be.
I'm sure I speak for all when I say to you Aunt Beatrice, Margaret, Isobel, and Janet, we extend to you our sincere sympathy and earnest prayers that this sadness will soon leave you with a faith and a hope for better things to come.
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