Ernest G Haines

Personal Information



“With the Lord”

January 1st 1961


Haines strongly desired to see his great-grandchildren from Manila,
Philippines on Christmas day. His prayer was answered. A wonderful time
for fellowship resulted and he ate a hearty meal. During the following
week he remarked to his daughter, Avril, that he wanted to die. He kept
claiming the promise, “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that
will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son” John 14:13.
Saturday morning he appeared distressed that His Father had not
answered his prayer. Then he said to his daughter, “Possibly my Father
would keep me here longer so that missionaries would have their
support.” Later he was placed under oxygen to alleviate his breathing
and on New Year’s, the day commemorating the resurrection of our
Savior, he went home.


January 4, 1961


    Often one wonders what it means to have the Lord Jesus Christ
present in the time of sorrow in the home. We find that in John’s
Gospel we have the record of the visit of the Savior where there were
bereaved hearts; and I am confident that Dad would want us to meet
today responsively and happily in order that each of us might go from
this place to pick up the torch that he has laid down. After all, there
is the truth of the baptism for the dead. One drops out of the ranks,
and another takes his place. In the resurrection chapter, we are
admonished to “Awake to righteousness and sin not, for some have not
the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame,” says Paul.

    It is important for us to realize that 100,000 people die every
twenty-four hours; and granted that only ten people mourn the loss of
one and the grief lasts but ten days we have the staggering fact that
ten million people are sorrowing every day of the calendar year.

    So I would like to read a few verses from the eleventh chapter
concerning the visit of our Savior to the two bereft sisters: John
11:20-27, 31, 32.

    Quite interesting, these two sisters owned Jesus Christ as the Lord
of Life and believed in the name of our lovely Savior; and in a moment
each of us will have the privilege of speaking concerning Him, who to
each of us is precious. Now shall we bow together in prayer.

    Our Heavenly Father, we thank Thee that we meet today in the name
of our lovely Savior, knowing that He has abolished death and hath
brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel. We thank Thee
for the wondrous privileges that we have in Christ Jesus, and we pray
that we may recognize all the provisions that are found in Him. We are
mindful that He was willing to become poor, very poor, that we through
His poverty might become very rich; and we thank Thee for the heritage
that we have today in Christ. We pray that Thou wilt help us to realize
that He was willing to come from the virgin’s womb with a body that had
the capacity to die, but did not have the germ of death in the nature
such as we have.  We are mindful that the transmissive poison of Adam
has coursed through the veins of the human family, and today we, too,
face the fact that we need a Savior Who has conquered death; and we
thank Thee that Dad readily owned his sinfulness and was ready to own
Christ as his all-sufficiency. And we thank Thee for what we have in
the Savior today. We thank Thee that heaven is increasingly precious
because another whom we love is in the presence of One whom he dearly
loved. Hear us when we pray in the peerless name of One who loved us
unto death and rose for our justification and who is coming soon. Come
quickly, Lord Jesus. Amen.

    We will not be having any music today, but there will be hymns read
which were precious to Dad and to each of us. So in this order: one of
his grandsons, Paul Leonard, will speak; and then a grandson by
marriage, Kenneth Engle; then Pastor Romig; and then an esteemed
friend, Brother Frank Ratajeski; and for those of you who do not know
me, I am a son-in-law vitally enriched by the one in whose memory we
meet today.


    Some time ago, in anticipation of his home going, Granddad wrote a
personal letter with instructions penciled across the top that it was
to be read at his funeral. I should like to read that message from him
at this time.

    “E.G. Haines, born December 7th, 1871; came to the United States of
America in November 1910; lived in Cincinnati until May 1918; sent by
my employers to help manage the Canonsburg Steel and Iron Works;
retired December 1945.

    I have noticed when attending funerals that there is always mention
made of some good deeds and sayings of the deceased person. Well,
perhaps not always, as occasionally the preacher is not familiar with
the deceased or any of the family, so he then makes a plain statement
of the birth, age, associations and surviving relatives. I don’t want
anyone to remember and record anything which is supposed to be
commendable, that may happen to come into their minds or be reported to
the preacher at my funeral.

    I report myself that somewhere about 1890 I became a professed
Christian and most of my activities since then, outside of course my
office hours, have been devoted to fellowship with other Christians,
either in places of worship or visitation and the home.

    God blessed me with a good Christian partner and three daughters.
One daughter, Mary, at the age of 16 went to be with Christ. The other
two, Avril and Freda, have been a constant source of joy to me as they
have been devoted to Christ, each having good husbands each seeking to
bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. If
their children grow up to be as earnest Christians as they are, and I
live to see the results of their efforts to lead them to Christ and His
service, I will be 100% satisfied.

    Some folk know me better than others and know my failures and
limitations. I hope they will forgive me for what they believe or know
of my unfaithfulness to my Lord, the same as He has forgiven me, and
learn from my failures to avoid them in their own lives. To each of the
listeners of this record I would say, “the most important person in the
whole universe of God is His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the next
is you. Because He is either your Savior or your Judge, after death it
will be you and He. Either you will meet Him as your Savior or your
Judge, condemned for not having accepted Him as your Savior from your
sins. Don’t be satisfied to just belong to a church. Be sure you belong
to Him, to Christ, for He said, “My sheep hear my voice and follow me
and I give unto them eternal life and they shall never perish, neither
shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”

                            Yours sincerely,

                            E.G. Haines

 In the front of a hymnbook of Granddad’s, selections from which he
liked to read each day, are written the following words, “E.G.H.”

    “God did not create us to mourn.” This was his attitude and in
keeping with it I would like to simply read a few verses from two of
his favorite hymns, both found in this book.


Lord Jesus, when we think of Thee, Of all Thy love and grace,

Our spirits long and fain would see Thy beauty face to face.

And tho’ the wilderness we tread-A barren, thirsty ground,

With thorns and briars overspread, Where foes and snares abound;

Yet in Thy love such depths we see, Our souls o’erflow with praise-

Content ourselves, while, Lord, to Thee A joyful song we raise.

Our Lord, our Life, our Rest, our Shield, our Rock, our Food, our Light-

Each tho’t of Thee doth constant yield unchanging, fresh delight.

Blest Savior, keep our spirits stayed, Hard foll’wing after Thee,

Till we, in robes of white arrayed, Thy face in glory see.


Rise my soul! Behold ‘tis Jesus, Jesus fills thy wondering eyes;

See Him now in glory seated, where thy sins no more can rise.

There in righteousness transcendent, Lo! He doth in heaven appear,

Shows the blood of His atonement as title to be there.

All thy sins were laid upon Him, Jesus bore them on the tree;

God who knew them, laid them on Him, And, believing, thou art free.

God now brings thee to His dwelling, Spreads for thee His feast divine,

Bids thee welcome, ever telling what a portion there is thine.

In that circle of God’s favor, circle of the Father’s love,

All is rest, and rest forever, All is perfectness above.

Blessed, glorious word ‘forever’! Yea, ‘forever’! is the word;

Nothing can the ransomed sever, Naught divide them from the Lord.


    We read in Mark the fourteenth chapter concerning the Lord Jesus: Mark 14:3-8

    Just a week ago, Granddaddy and I were looking at these verses,
especially the verse “She hath done what she could.” We were thinking
that this woman was a believer. The Lord Jesus had spoken in the
chapter before this about the fact that He was going to the cross and
was going to rise again the third day. The disciples had been there,
but they hadn’t listened; they hadn’t heard it, but this woman had
believed. She had come there and anointed the Lord. So the Lord Jesus
said of her, “She hath done what she could.” I am sure as we look back
today that Granddaddy has done what he could. And I am sure of those to
whom the Lord can say that, He will also say, “Well done, thou good and
faithful servant.”

    Then on the last day of the year, Saturday, December 31st, we took
a little book that has a number of verses in it for each day of the
year. And these were the verses we read. They fit in with the end of
the year and also the end of life. “Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.”
Another verse in the set of verses we were looking at in THE DAILY
LIGHT: “This God is our God forever and ever. He will be our guide even
unto death.”


    I did not happen to be Brother Haines’ pastor. I might better say
he was mine. Because of a number of needs, I felt the Lord earlier this
fall would have me enter upon a series of messages in the church
seeking to exalt the Lord Jesus. After that decision, and beginning
study on it, I received this interesting letter from Brother Haines. He
knew his place; he knew the relationship of pastor to people; and it is
noticeable in the letter which was written  October 31st: “Dear Brother
in Christ, I have for the past few weeks been thinking of the past two
communion services I have attended and your sermons before the breaking
of bread, and how you made us feel our utter unworthiness in being
objects of God’s grace. Pardon my being so bold as to ask you to take
for your subject the next time, ‘Jesus Himself Drew Near.’” That is
taken from the 24th Chapter of Luke. Luke 24:13-17, 26-32.

    Then speaking concerning this portion, he said, “The Lord Jesus
drew them out to express their thoughts. Only three days before He had
been the Lamb of God, crucified, to take away the sins of the world, to
shed his precious blood to keep them clean, and eventually along with
all the redeemed to present to himself the church without blemish. He
loved to think they were talking about Himself; He wanted their
confidence. He said in answer, ‘Ought not Christ to have suffered and
to enter into his glory?’” and on and on about a number of other
things. He said, “You know how to make these things live for the
congregation. Sincerely, Love in Christ, Ernest.”

    Later I asked him “did you pass on to me an outline you found
elsewhere, or were those your own thoughts?” He said, “Those were my

    Then only Sunday, learning that he was failing rapidly, I went down
to visit. The Lord laid on my heart two verses of Scripture in the
147th Psalm, verses 3 and 4.

      verse 3. “He healeth the broken heart, and bindeth up their wounds.”

      verse 4. “He telleth the number of stars; he calleth them all by their names.”

    A pastor friend of mine, several years ago, spoke on this verse
under the title, “The God of Stars and Broken Hearts”: The God who made
the stars, put them in their places, timed them, set them in motion,
and then controlled their orbits and their motions, even with the
allowance for stopping the sun for a day in order that one of his
servants might finish a task in battle. And then another heartsick
child of God, being ill, when promised that he would be recovered,
asked for a sign; and Hezekiah asked not that the sun might go down ten
degrees but that it might go backwards ten degrees. And scientists to
this day demonstrate the fact, without the knowledge of the Bible, that
the universe is just that much out of time. That same God who put the
stars in the Heavens and controls their movements is also the God who
loves us, who made us, and of whom it is said the very hairs of our
heads are numbered; He watches the sparrows, and though they are so
plentiful, not one of them can fall to the ground without His
knowledge. He is interested in the details; He is interested in our
cares, our needs. The same One who came here in the person of Jesus
Christ, laid down His life, shed His blood as a sacrifice, paying for
our sins, in order that we, by simple faith, might be restored to His

    Brother Haines knew the Lord. He loved the Lord. He loved to talk
of the Lord, and it was refreshing just to hear him pray. As one has
said, “We have lost a great intercessor.” We’ll miss him, but we’ll
thank God for the privilege of this time.


    There is a little verse in the Book of Philemon which I want to
read as the remarks I have to make are better contained there than in
any other. Philemon, verses 4-6

    verse 4. “I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers.”

    verse 5. “Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou has toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints.”

    verse 6. “That the communication of thy faith may become effectual
by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ

    I am going to speak of my relationship with Brother Haines in sort
of a personal way. I was privileged to know him rather intimately, and
I think the first time we met we crossed swords. He was a man with
convictions, and he lived them; and I couldn’t help but admire a man
like that. The things that we found a difference of opinion on, we both
acknowledged were personal persuasions, and we resolved all our
difficulties by going to the Bible. If he was able to present the
proposition and substantiate it by the Word of God, I said, “That’s
enough, Brother Haines.” And if I was able to do the same, here was a
man who had a heart for the Word of God, and would change his behavior
subsequently if you could show him it was in the Bible. I love an
open-minded man; I think that is why Brother Ernest appealed to me so

    In connection with the function of “the brethren”, so called, he
mentioned this one particular fact. He said that he wasn’t able to
understand how we could obey the Word of God and still be at odds with
one another. And he referred to the time when he went West with his
wife. I think at the time she was arthritic and in a great deal of pain
and trouble, and he used the wheelchair to carry her about. He loved
his wife dearly, you could see that, and he administered to her in a
very affectionate way. On the Lord’s Day, he wheeled her some distance
from his car to a church, and a leader of the brethren was reluctant to
acknowledge him as a Christian. He never got over telling me about that.

    Dear to my heart is the truth of the unity in the Body of Christ,
and the fact that Christ is the head of His church and not some pastor
or group of brethren. And I said to brother Haines, “If that’s your
feeling, why don’t you nail your colors up and admit that Christ is the
head of all these arrangements and that we are all brethren?” then he
said, “I do that as much as I am able.” “Well,” I said, “You have just
got an ally.” And from that day on it seemed like a unity came into our
experience, and we as brethren enjoyed meeting and writing and
corresponding with brethren also of the same body and the same Head as

    There were some outstanding things about Brother Haines, and I
think I should make mention of them. One of those was his consistency.
I don’t know of a man in my experience whom you could depend on to the
same extent as he. He was always available in case there was a need, or
there was pastoral work to be done, or an indication that someone was
in need of a visit or a word of encouragement; immediately a letter was
dispatched marked, “Ernest G.” In fact, we had a kind of a saying
around the house (we got to know our brother so well) when one of us
got out of hand, the rest of the family would turn on us and say,
“We’ll have brother Ernest write you a letter.” He had an interesting
way of settling controversies. I think he was a gift from God in the
sense of the pastoral as he could administer to your need and was very
practical about it. That is one thing that was characteristic of him.
He had a way of feeling you out and you didn’t really know you were
being administered to many times because it happened in such a casual
way, and he didn’t want any credit. I thought that was remarkable. He
enriched my life.

    At home, he often came and refreshed us. Like Onesiphorus, in
Scriptures, “He oft refreshed me.” I can say that of our brother. I
recall many times when he gave thanks, there seemed to be such a
simplicity about it. He talked to the Lord just like he talked to me,
He knew the Lord intimately. There was a touch about him that was
rather remarkable. I think you could transplant him in any group or
segment of society and he would be at home. I think that touch came
from Christ. He was not a pretentious man, but he had some interesting
ways about him. I didn’t agree with everything he said, and I didn’t
agree with everything he did. And I think he would admire me for saying
that today, but who am I, and who are you, to judge the Lord’s
servants? I think one of the things that our brother taught me was that
it doesn’t matter what I think, or what you think, what other people
think but what the Lord thinks, because every last one of us shall give
an account of himself to God. One of the nicest things about Brother
Haines which I enjoyed most of all was the fact that he was instant in
season and out of season in bringing the Word of God to bear on the
individual life. It didn’t matter to whom you introduced him, it was
just a matter of seconds before he was probing around to see if their
relationship with Christ was right or not. He was a good fisherman and
seemed to have been led by the Spirit in such a way.

    He was an elderly man and had a factual way about him, but at the
same time he meant business, and you knew he meant business. Many a
time I heard him, or was in the company of those to whom he preached,
and without fail he asked the question: “Do you appreciate the fact
that this wonderful provision of God was given for your blessing and
for your benefit? Do you know that you are in such a state by nature
that you will never be in heaven, you’ll never know the grace of Christ
or His joy or His strength until you own Him as your Savior?” The
individual would be gracious to acknowledge that he didn’t know the
Savior or that he did know the Savior. There is one thing about Brother
Haines that I think was outstanding. He wasn’t alarmed at all about
people if they refused the offer of mercy through Christ. He came and
discharged his message. He gave his testimony day by day and whatever
the reaction was he left with the Lord.

    Brothers and sisters I think you ought to take courage from the
fact that our brother lived so. He has demonstrated by the fruit of his
life the effects of an indwelling Spirit from God. Who can question
that, and that is its own testimony.

    One fact was evident that he was loved by the Lord and he really
served Him. And if he did anything in my life, he encouraged me to do
the same.


    In thinking of a verse that would describe Dad, I could not help
but think of the verse, “So teach us to number our days that we may
apply our hearts unto wisdom.” Psalm 90:12. Significant is the fact
that he was interested in mathematics and was very eager to acquaint
himself and be efficient in the use of figures. From a lad to his
closing days on earth, he was conscious of the need to be taught. It is
interesting to observe this little word “so.” “So teach us to number
our days.” There are some things that are indefinable, and we have to
state: “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son;” “So
teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.”
This is possible only as we seek to be thorough. In Jeremiah 21:13,
“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with
all your heart.”

    The remarks up to this moment have indicated the application of a
life disciplined in order that he might know the Lord Jesus more
intimately. Queen Elizabeth had a private secretary named Sir Thomas
Smith who some months before his death made this statement, “That it
was a great pity men know not to what end they were born into this
world, until they were ready to go out of it.” Well, you can be a
secretary to the Queen of England and wake up too late to be thorough;
but significant is the fact that in E.G. Haine’s youth there was a
disposition to be taught in order that he might apply his heart to

    I was interested to observe that Dad Haines lived 32,530 days; and
in all those days he did just simple things. He got up, he knew his
morning ablutions, he ate his breakfast and there was a regular time
for the study of the Word and prayer. He was off to the office earlier
than others so that he might set a good example and he lived these days
in this fashion. It is amazing when you realize the accumulation of
32,530 days and the fact that if he used one day wisely, then the days
become an accumulation of blessing and power so that the impact of a
life is left in your experience and mine.

    Chronologists tell us that in the three and one-half years of
ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ on the earth, only 61 days are
recorded; and of those 61 days three had to do definitely with his
ministering to grief-stricken hearts and showing His power over death.
I thrill to reflect upon the power of our lovely Savior. Power belongs
to God, and in Him, and in Him alone, are the issues of life. I have
often been impressed as I have read concerning great men. While many of
them are defiant of the God who has given them breath, yet there is a
very succinct statement in the Scripture, which confronts them, “Sin
has reigned in death.” So all your years can be years of blasphemy and
secularism of faith, but at the end of life’s sojourn, sin has reigned
in death. If you do not know the One who has conquered death you are of
all men not only most miserable, but most pitiful, you are powerless,
you are subject to judgment.

    Let us look at the three days that our Savior spent on earth with
relationship to this matter of death. The first record is found in Luke
8, verses 40 through 56; and the story is known to all of us how Jairus
had a lovely little daughter only twelve years of age. She was
grievously ill, and critical, and the Lord Jesus came into the home at
the time of her death. Jairus’ name means “he will give light.” When
the Savior walked inot this home, He and He alone could provide the
light in the presence of death. Remember that Jesus Christ had
abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the
Gospel. So whether it be at Jairus’ home and the experience of his
family, or whether it be in your life or mine, He has light for the
experience of each of us. Taking this precious little girl by the hand,
He called her by name. I love to think how God is the God of
individuals and He cares for each of us. Remember our God is an amazing
God. There are no two flowers alike. Look at all these lovely
expressions of interest and sympathy. No two flowers alike, no two
persons have the same fingerprints, not even two snowflakes are alike.
And if this is so in God’s creation, then I am confident that he knew
E.G. Haines, and He knows each of us who has entered into the shepherd
care of One who found us in our sins.

    The second day as recorded in Scripture is found in Luke, Chapter
7, verses 11 through 17. In this instance, the funeral procession was
moving toward the cemetery. Here was a lonely woman, her only son dead,
and his body about to be buried. When the Savior stopped the funeral
procession, He said this, “Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.” And he
that was dead sat up. This word “sat up” is a medical term. It was used
only one other time and relates to the instance in Peter’s life when he
said, “Tabitha, arise,” and she opened her eyes and when she saw Peter,
she sat up. I love to think of the fact that our Savior could say to a
dead body, “Young man, arise.” Where did this young man come from?
Already he had left his body hours before and though the spirit was out
of this earth’s orbit and interest, yet the Savior could simply say,
“Young man, arise.” He sat up! You know the other day Dad Haines got
tired of ‘time’, and, possessor of eternal life, he thought he would
just enter more fully into eternity. So we have this lovely statement
of the Savior coming into dad’s room and saying, “Arise, son, come
home.” Again we see the individual relationship of the Savior to His

    The third is in the setting which I read earlier, of how a beloved
brother had died, was buried, decomposition had already set in, and the
sisters faced this fact very realistically. The Savior was informed of
the fact that Lazarus was sick unto death, and unlike us, for when we
receive a cable or a long distance call, we are given to much activity,
the Savior purposely delayed in order that He might make possible the
impact of His power upon life. I wonder if you realize today that it
was the resurrection of Lazarus that brought about His crucifixion from
the human viewpoint. Remember that when He walked out to the cemetery,
He simply said, “Lazarus, come forth.” Had He not spoken his name, the
cemetery would have been empty. It was this tremendous expression of
power which created such hostility that brought about the crucifixion
of the Lord Jesus.

    I want you to notice that of these 61 days, three days were spent
specifically in raising the dead: Jairus’ daughter, the young man, only
son of the widow, and then in the experience of Lazarus. But more days
were related to this fact, for you recall when He was informed, He said
to His disciples, “We will tarry.” That was one day. Then they made the
trip, and then on the day that they were in Bethany with the sisters
they went out to the cemetery, so approximately five days out of the 61
recorded experiences of our Savior expressed His interest in people who
are bereft of loved ones. In this third-day experience, it indicates to
me His ability to provide for the body. Are you aware that when Dad
took the Lord Jesus as his personal Savior, his body was sealed by the
Holy Spirit unto the day of redemption? There is a vast difference
between the Grecian concept of immortality, which is very nebulous and
intangible, and the Hebrew concept of immortality that had to do with
the resurrection of the body. So, when Dad took the Lord Jesus as his
Savior, the Holy Spirit sealed his body until the day of redemption,
and I would like to share in a very practical way the meaning of this
word “seal.” Just like a cattle rancher goes out on horseback and
lassoes a steer, throws it to the ground and puts a hot brand denoting
ownership, so, when we trust Christ as our Personal Savior, we have the
mark indicating the ownership of God. As Spurgeon so often said, “If my
body becomes a carnival of worms,” there is no problem because God has
already indicated that He owns the body. The second concept is that as
you go to a Notary Public to receive an embossed seal on a document
indicating authority, so God indicates His authority and power over the
body. The third concept comes out of the experience of the railroad.
When a boxcar is loaded and a leaded seal is placed upon the door, the
railroad provides detectives all along the way so that the cargo will
reach its destination. How wonderful to know that while Dad’s body will
be placed up there on the hill in a little while, that’s no problem,
because God has sealed this body, indicating ownership, indicating
authority. There is the assurance that while each of us will miss him
dearly, yet we will be in his company someday, sooner possibly than we
realize. And this is most wonderful!

    But, dear heart, if you are here in unbelief, you may be saying
“How are the dead raised?” Paul’s word to you must simply state,
foolish one, a kernel of corn left on the shelf just shrivels because
it is out of the scheme of things, but place it in the ground and it
will die. Through the processes of death, burial, and resurrection, it
will come forth to reproduce itself in its’ likeness. There is no one
living today who can tell you how one kernel of corn can produce stalk
and cob and kernel and tassil and silk and leaves, and yet you and I
eat cornbread. Scientists tell us that our bodies are changed every
seven years, so just divide your age by seven and that is how many
bodies you’ve had here on earth. Is it any problem then, to realize
that Christ is the first fruits of them that slept and we who are
Christ’s at His coming? You know, when you are born again, you have a
birth certificate, and someday it will be proven that we are the
children of God.

    I love to watch a creature called a caterpillar, from which we get
our ideas of traction. It comes lazily and yet definitely over the
surface of the earth. Suddenly it moves into a cocoon, and then emerges
from this chrysalis state and soars around in another sphere, from
which we get our ideas of aviation. Even its diet is changed and it
enjoys the nectar of flowers. If God can take a caterpillar and bring
it out of a chrysalis state and make it a butterfly, He can take Dad
and myself and all the rest of us and make us like His lovely Son.

    Isn’t that a wonderful hope? It thrills my soul today that we can
meet here in the name of our Savior and just rejoice because the one
whom we love, and who is now with the Lord, has enriched our lives
greatly. These are the days that are most important, days where we
teach our hearts and where we want to apply our hearts to wisdom. Do
you want to be wise like Dad was? Do you want to have a heritage such
as he knows? Well, then, think and act like he. So teach us to number
our days, his, 32,530, and apply our hearts to wisdom.

    Now I think it would be a lovely way to close this time of
fellowship by asking our brother Ratajeski to read the hymn that Dad
called out Sunday before Christmas about gazing on the face of the

“Gazing on the Lord in Glory”

Gazing on the Lord in glory, While our hearts in worship bow,

There we read the wondrous story of the cross, its shame and woe.

Ev’ry mark of dark dishonor heaped upon the thorn-crowned brow,

All the depths of Thy heart’s sorrow, told in answ’ring glory now!

On that cross, alone, forsaken, where no pitying eye was found,

Now, to God’s right hand exalted, with Thy praise the heav’ns resound!

Did Thy God e’en then forsake Thee, Hide His face from Thy deep need?

In Thy face, once marred and smitten, all His glory now we read.

Gazing on it we adore Thee, blessed, precious, holy Lord!

Thou, the Lamb, alone art worthy-This be earth’s and heav’n’s accord.

Rise our hearts, and bless the Father, Ceaseless song e’en here begun;

Endless praise and adoration to the Father and the Son!


    Our Father, we thank Thee for the consciousness of  faith in Jesus
Christ. We realize that unto us who believe He is precious there is the
resulting preciousness. We thank Thee that Thou hast made us meet to
become partakers of the inheritance of the saints in life. As we move
up on the hill in a moment to place this sealed body, sealed by the
Holy Spirit unto the day of redemption, may we be conscious that even
now it means to be absent from the body, present with the Lord. Though
our finite minds cannot grasp what it means for Dad and Mother and Mary
to be together and these whom they dearly loved and who preceded them,
yet we do thank Thee that in the sure and certain hope we move toward
that city whose builder and maker is God. So we bask in the hope of our
calling. Granted that there be someone here without the Savior, may
they trust Him now ere they meet Him someday as Judge. And so we thank
Thee for the consciousness of Thy love, for the grace of the Lord
Jesus, for the office work of the Holy Spirit, and for the fact that
together we could think upon Him whom we love and in whose name we
pray, Amen.

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