Life in Death
Psalm 116:15 “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints”
There is nothing in life quite like sitting watching a good friend die. Not pass away, or kick the bucket, or any other way to word it… just to die. Actually he is still alive while I write this but soon he will be dead. Well dead here. It is sad to see him go but at the same time peace and joy knowing that he is going to where I long to be. Home, living for the first time.
There is life in death. Sometimes that is difficult to see through the tears and through the pain. Life that comes at death is the beginning of completeness we find in our new life with Christ. Yet here I sit, almost a state of shock.
Sometimes the promise of new life is sweet … other times I dread it.
Sometimes the peace that comes after a saint passes brings relief … not yet anyhow.
God is sovereign of that I am certain. To His Glory we live.
Until we meet again. Don Martin 1964-2013
DONALD JAMES MARTIN, 49 ROCKFORD – Donald James Martin, 49, of Rockford passed away at 5:30 a.m. Friday May 24, 2013, at his home, after a courageous battle with cancer. Donald was born on February 1, 1964, at St. Anthony Hospital in Rockford, the son of Reva Pierce Martin. Donald graduated from Jefferson High School; he participated in Boy Scouts of America, earning the honor of Eagle Scout. Donald is survived by sons, Dustin (Randi Opsahl) Aughenbaugh, Nate Martin and Chris Martin, their mother, Teri Martin; Uncle Murray and Aunt Mickey Huffman; special friends include, Jeremiah Griffin, Jeff and his son, Deveyn Curtis, Steve and Char Scamihorn, Bill and Kathy Hughes. Donald was predeceased in death by his mother, Reva Martin and his grandfather, James Pierce. A visitation to celebrate Donald’s life will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Advantage Funeral Home, 7000 W. State St., in Rockford, a service will follow the visitation. Burial will be private. Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorials are suggested to the family.