This weekend has had some significant events–a royal wedding and the death of Osama Bin Laden. But, far from the international and national headlines our family also experienced an event of significance.
At 1:30am our time my father, Pastor Carl Guiney, passed away three years after being diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. I was on video skype with my family just moments before Dad passed on to eternity. As we prayed with my dad during his final day and final minutes, in my mind I imagined Jesus sitting by his bed, comforting him and inviting him home to heaven. For as believers in Jesus, we are not citizens of this world, but temporary residents. We are citizens of heaven.
We are still processing, and I imagine that we will be processing this for quite some time. I’m proud of my dad. He was not perfect, as none of us truly is perfect. His was, however, a man who followed Jesus and loved Jesus with his whole heart.
He was only given 12-18 months to live when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2008. Hearing the diagnosis was devastating. But, Dad encouraged us always to trust God, trust in his will, trust in his timing. God is his providence knew the journey ahead. Dad lived 3 years–he was in the 1% that live beyond the usual 12-18 time frame. Dad was right, God has been teaching us a lot about trusting in him through this whole experience.
We recorded some of the events and our thoughts from the last three years of Dad’s illness on a blog. Feel free to take a look: trustthelordandtakeheart.blogspot.com
Click here to listen to his first sermon after his brain surgery to remove his tumor.