One year ago, our son, Michael, finished his race and transitioned into the presence of Jesus shortly before reaching his 40th birthday. Now, one year later into our journey of grief, our family continues to remember him with love and how he made our lives so much richer because of his presence.
Yes, we miss him greatly. But, we realize he is now rejoicing in the presence of Christ. We continue to be comforted by his personal faith and testimony. Below is the introduction to his will we discovered the day after he died.
“I, Michael R. Yeakley…invite you to rejoice with me as my life’s journey is finally over. I am convinced by faith, that after this life of joy and sorrow, triumph and failure, I will live eternally in heaven with my friend, savior, priest, and king – Jesus Christ. This is possible not because I have earned or deserved it, but because of God’s gracious gift of life through Jesus Christ. For Jesus is the one and only mediator between both God and man, who saved me from eternal death by sacrificing his life on the cross, who was raised from the dead three days later, who is now in heaven preparing a place for me, and who will come back one day.
“So, rejoice with me that my spirit is finally free from its earthly shackles. Rejoice with me as I am no longer an alien and a stranger in the world. Rejoice with me as I am finally home.”
Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 (NIV 1984)
We rejoice with him!