Sunday, November 9, 2014

A Permanent Memorial

 We had the privilege today to attend services at the church where Todd's dad and stepmother were married, and from where Todd's dad was buried... because the congregation was this morning dedicating a memorial to Ardy.  It is a new garden area, with a patio and a bench, near the entrance of the church.  Todd received some memorials, which we donated to stroke support and research, in memory of the way Todd's father died, and also in honor of other beloved people in our lives who have overcome the devastating effects of stroke.  Meantime, many more donations came to Ardy's wife, and she decided, on behalf of the family, to have this memorial done at their church.
This is the main view of the church entrance from the street. Ardy's bench is there, to the left of the doorway.  There is also a plaque on the side of the church bearing his name and the dates of his life.
 
This is just the kind of stone bench and paver patio Ardy enjoyed at his lake home, which was also sold this week.  So many changes, and so many memories...
 
We think Dad/Grandpa would be pleased by this beautiful spot and the blessings we hope it brings to all who enjoy it.
 
In addition to our family, and, of course, Ardy's wife, the service was attended by Todd's godparents and Ardy's twin brother Arlen and Madelyn, as well as Ardy's sister Kathy.  After church, we all went out to breakfast and together remembered a man who is dearly missed.
 
The brief (and chilly!) dedication ceremony closed, fittingly, with a singing of "Beautiful Savior."
 
Beautiful Savior,
King of Creation,
Son of God and Son of Man!
Truly I'd love Thee,
Truly I'd serve Thee,
Light of my soul, my Joy, my Crown.
 
Fair are the meadows,
Fair are the woodlands,
Robed in flowers of blooming spring;
Jesus is fairer,
Jesus is purer;
He makes our sorrowing spirit sing.
 
Fair is the sunshine,
Fair is the moonlight,
Bright the sparkling stars on high;
Jesus shines brighter,
Jesus shines purer,
Than all the angels in the sky.
 
Beautiful Savior,
Lord of the nations,
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor,
Praise, adoration,
Now and forevermore be Thine!
   

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