Wednesday, December 10, 2008

In Memory . . . James Albert Elwell, 1935-2008




My father died yesterday.   He fell and broke his hip about three weeks ago, and things went downhill from there. 

The dancing picture, taken in 1975, is my favorite of the two of us. Pretty radical, considering that we were a couple of non-dancing Baptists.  

The men in my life: son, husband, daddy. (Many years ago!) 

If you feel led, I'd appreciate your prayers for my mom and my two sisters. And for me, especially on Friday, as I sing at the funeral. 

~~Angie

51 comments:

Kathy said...

Blessings to you Angie.

Richard Mabry said...

Angie,
You and your family will be in our prayers.

Nicole said...

Oh, Angie. It is so hard to lose our parents. Both of mine have gone to be with Jesus. I share your tears and rejoice with your beautiful memories. One day you'll dance again with your Dad. Prayers are with you.

Lora B said...

Oh, Angie! I am so sorry. Will be praying for you and yours.

Pam Meyers said...

Angie, I am so sorry. Both my parents passed in the month of December and that can make it especially difficult. I will be praying for you and your family.

Many hugs,
Pam

Smilingsal said...

I thank God that Death is not the victor, but Heaven awaits.

I am/will be praying for you. My husband sang at both of his parents funerals; I don't know how that can happen, but God provides the special ability.

Ruth said...

Angie, so sorry for your loss. What beautiful memories shine in your pictures! You and your family are in my prayers.

Rowe Family said...

So sorry for your loss...I will definitely be praying for you and your family! "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13

Grace and Peace,
Susan Rowe

Anonymous said...

Oh Angie - I am so sorry to hear your news. Like many who have written above, I have felt that certain emptiness that comes with the loss of a dear parent. My dad, like yours, died way too young, and I miss him to this day, although it's been over 30 years. But, what joy is in our hearts when we know that our loved ones now live with the Lord and we will see them again when our time comes. I sang at my mother's memorial last year. God gives us the strength to do this, as He knows how much our parents would love it. My prayers are with you and your family. Clyde

Camille Cannon Eide said...

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18

May the Lord strengthen you and your family, and may you feel his arms around you as you sing and in the coming days and weeks.

Esther said...

What a touching tribute, Angie. I pray you and your family will feel God's love and presence holding you close in the days that follow. I'll think of you especially on Friday.

Kay Day said...

Oh, I'm so sorry. I can't relate, but can only imagine. He was only a couple of years older than my daddy.

There's just something special about a girl's daddy - if he's a good one. Looks like yours was.

I'll be praying for all of you.

Mocha with Linda said...

Oh Angie, I'm so sorry for the grief you and your mom and sisters are going through. We are never ready to lose our parents. I'm thankful you have sweet memories and the assurance that you will see him again. Praying for you.

Greg Rice said...

Angie,

I'm sorry to hear about your Dad. I lost my dad almost 3 years ago. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Take care.

Larry & Sheila Colclasure said...

Angie, I'll be praying - especially as you sing.

Tracy Ruckman said...

I'm so sorry, Angie. May the Lord comfort all of you, and fill you with strength and comfort as you sing.

lynnrush said...

God bless you and your family.

I pray that the good Lord will hold you close and that you feel HIS arms around you, Angie.

Caitriona aka Catherine said...

May the Lord give you everything you need to sing as you celebrate your dad's life. Pray that the Lord will carry you and your family through this time.

Joanna said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Joanna said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

laurapolk said...

Angie,

I'm so sorry for your loss. But what a blessing to have such a loving father in your life. I can see, just in the pictures, the love you shared. May God be with you all, holding you closely, during this time.

Wayne and Sara Tripp said...

Angie, we are saddened for your untimely loss. We grieve for you and your family. A son of a close friend died this week while home on leave from military service. It is never easy and a small part of us seems to die along with them. But as the seasons change so do we and the God of all creation will ease your suffering and fill that void with His grace.

Holly said...

With tears...I am sorry, Angie.

Praying with love for you all.
Praying in the days to come.

Love,
Holly

Mike + Stacey Duncan said...

May God comfort you and your loved ones. I am praying for God's grace and love to overwhelm you.
With love,
Stacey

Leslie said...

I am sorrowed to hear about your loss! May the LORD comfort you and your family during this time.

Christy Lockstein said...

Angie, I am so sorry for your loss. I'm praying for your comfort and for God to strengthen you on Friday. I wish I had words to help.

Elizabeth M Thompson said...

You and your family are in my prayers. I am praying that the service on Friday will reflect much love for your father and your FATHER. May memories of your earthly father always remind you of how tremendously you are loved by your Heavenly Father.

Sherry Kyle said...

Angie, I'm so sorry for the loss of your Dad. I will definitely pray for you, your sisters, and your mom. It will be a difficult time of adjustment. I will also remember to pray for you on Friday that your voice will give comfort and hope to those that are present to celebrate the life of your dad. He's in the presence of the Lord this Christmas. Knowing that is a gift.

Blessings to your family.

Karen Bass said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your father! I'm praying for your family!

Doni Brinkman said...

Angie - I can't even imagine it. I am so sorry. Praying for you and your loved ones.

Lacy Forcella said...

Im sorry for your loss, your family will be in my prayers.

Angie said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. (hugs)

Sharen Watson said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Angie. You, your sisters, and mom are in my prayers. I know as you sing at your dad's funeral, God will give you His strength and voice to bless others who knew and loved Him. Sing in His strength, Angie. Prayers...

Sharen Watson said...

Knew and loved your dad that is...Again, sing in HIS strength. He sounds like he will be remembered well.

Deena said...

Father, wrap Your arms of comfort and support around this precious family. You know loss, and You know it was never meant to be like this. But Your Son, God the Son, conquered death and the grave. This is not goodbye. This is see you soon; but sometimes it feels like goodbye.

Help this family through their grief. Send them angels with skin on to minister to them, to cry with them, to laugh with them, and to care for them. Especially be with Angie's precious Momma.

Oh, how we long for that great reunion in Heaven! But not until the last soul knows of Your saving grace. Till then, let Angie's daddy drink in Your presence like he's never drank before.

Be with my precious sis. Amen, and amen.

Julie Carobini said...

So sorry Angie. May you all receive God's comfort now and in the days ahead. Bless you.

Suzanne said...

So sorry for your loss Angela. Our family will keep yours in our prayers.

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AndieJ said...

So incredibly sorry for your loss Angie. I will be praying for you and your family at this time. Angel Hugs, Andi

Kari said...

Praying for you and your family.

lisa samson said...

Oh Angie! I just saw this on facebook. I'm so sorry and I'll be praying for you and your family. May God's peace be with you.

Rel said...

Angie - sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. Praying for you and your family. Many hugs and may you know God's peace, especially as you sing for your Dad.

Latayne said...

May the knowledge that you'll see him again bring you comfort during the coming -- but finite -- days. Yours and His,
Latayne C Scott

Ruthie Anderson said...

Angie, There are no words that can provide comfort more than the words of Jesus: "I am with you always." Having already walked this sad road, I can promise you that He truly is with you now as you grieve. I am praying, and will continue to do so, for you and your family that you will be especially aware of His presence and comfort.

jan said...

angie,
our prayers and love are with you and your family.
jan

The Dynamic Uno said...

I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I will keep you all in my prayers--especially as you sing tomorrow at his funeral.

Genikwa Williams said...

Angie, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved father. You and your family are in my prayers. Love, Genikwa

Peggy Blann Phifer said...

Oh, Angie, I am so sorry. There's a special relationship between dads and daughters. I lost mine in 2002 and I still miss him dearly.

Praying for you and your family.

eformanator said...

God bless you and comfort you and keep you in His care. Daddy's are so special and live in our hearts forever. May God grant His peace to you and your Mom and sisters.
love and prayers
Elaine Forman

Anonymous said...

Oh, Angie. So sorry about your Dad. The world just feels different, barren somehow, when parents die. But our Good Shepherd fills the empty spaces. I'll be praying for you all--comfort, strength, peace, and good memories. God bless.
Mary Kay

Anonymous said...

I'm so terribly sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I lost my own dad 5 years ago, although I frequently "feel" his spirit near me. The photo of you dancing with your dad says it all...that very special bond between a father and daughter.
Sending prayers and thoughts your way today for you and your family.
Terri
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