A great thank you to all who prayed for my father. They had a great impact on our family and on my father in particular. On Monday morning August 11 at 2:15am Anthony Leslie Davis parted from the body and entered the presence of his Lord.
The days prior were filled with called and visits from loving friends and families. On Sunday played my guitar and a group of us held one of several worship times with him. Then we circled him, took his hands and prayed for him. All day he was dabbing tears which I believe were simply acceptance and joy.
His parting was sweet and sad. It was mixed with pain at his leaving and joy at his going home. No more pain. No more sorrow. He now awaits the completion of all God’s plans and the resurrection of the body into God’s glory.
As for the obvious question for those who know and love me: I am fine. That doesn’t mean I don’t have my moments, doesn’t mean I do not grieve but it means I do not grieve as the pagans do (who have no hope). I loved my father very much and it was a rare honor to watch him take his last breath. I am humbled to have his mantle so suddenly thrust on my shoulder. May I be worthy of the charge.
He will be remembered and buried on Monday August 18, at Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Leesburg VA.
Thanks very much for you kindness to me and my family during this time and always—glory to God from whom all blessings flow. We have taken YEARS of good from His hand and we will also receive this perceived bad with gladness, we will laugh and glorify our savior even through the tears.
Just read the news and sorry to hear about your dad. I love you my friend and as always we are here should you need anything! Praying for you and more formally on Wednesdays if you ever want to join us.
Sorry to read of your dad’s demise. Praying that the Lord’s comfort will surround you and your loved ones during this period.
Ee Yuing (a reader of your writings)
I am so sorry to hear that your father passed away, but what a joy for you and your family to know that he is with Jesus.
You are all in my prayers.
Thanks, as always, for your openness to share what’s on your heart and, as always, to glorify the Lord with your words, thoughts, and actions. So very sorry to hear about your loss….it’s always the hardest on those who remain here on earth, isn’t it??
So very glad to hear that your father is no longer in pain and that he is with his Creator…..what joy can be found in that!!! Like you said, no more pain or suffering….he is made new and beautiful again in Christ.
My thoughts are with you during this time of mourning and rejoicing and remembering. You touch many lives, and if you’re anything like your father, I’m sure he did too 🙂
Take care friend,
I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing! What a wonderful attitude you have, and it’s such a blessing to know you will be reunited with him someday!
I had no idea what you had been going through, and I’m so very sorry for your pain. What an amazing man your father must have been to raise such an awesome man as you. I look forward to meeting him one day in Heaven.
I wish we could be at the funeral, but our thoughts and prayers will definately accompany.
After experiencing the loss of Lee’s parents last year, I can tell you there is an interesting ride ahead for you. Keep his sweet memories alive, and bless people around you with stories about his life!
We will call soon…we love you, brother.
Lee & Charlotte
My dear brother in Christ, Hudson-
I have been thinking and praying for you these past few days.
I pray that God will both comfort and bless you and your family as you grieve the loss of your father. I pray that all goes smoothly with the planning and decisions, too.
Thank you for continuing to be a blessing to me and to others!
Grace and Peace to you in Christ always-
Whatever his gain, it is your loss, and I am sorry for that aspect of it. You are in my prayers.
Hello old friend. Sorry to hear of your father’s passing, and your post reminded me of being there when my father passed away back in 96. It is a time of mixed emotions for sure. Sorry that there is a void in your life for the present time, overjoyed that your dad is in the presence of his Savior, and comforted by the fact that there will come a day when we will stand together in the presence of our King.
Thankful for you and the way you are living your life for Jesus.
May God bless and comfort you and your family during your time of bereavement. As you stated, you have your moments, but you’re fine. I quite understand, my mom went home to be with the Lord three years ago, August 5, 2005. I still have my moments, and I too found comfort in the scripture that assures us that our grief is not without hope. You and I both will see our loved ones again. Be encouraged, and l shall keep you and your family in my prayers.
God bless you and yours,
I’m sorry for your loss, I do not know you personally and didn’t had the pleasure to meet your dad but he seemed like a sweet man. He surely is now in a much better place.
I’ll be praying for you and your family, for you to find the comfort you need in the moments you grieve.
God bless you always,
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Dear Brother in Christ,
I’ve never met you, but your writings have touched me and my heart goes out to you. I will remember you and your family in my prayers.
With sincere empathy,