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Grieving the Loss of My Older Brother

It is better to go to a house of mourning Than to go to a house of feasting, Because that is the end of every man, And the living takes it to heart. Sorrow is better than laughter, For when a face is sad a heart may be happy. The mind of the wise is in the house of mourning, While the mind of fools is in the house of pleasure.” Eccl. 7:2-4

I realize it has been over a month since I have posted anything. Most of you know my brother was diagnosed with brain cancer on January 31st of 2022. For most of that first year we battled for Danny’s healing. It was that battle that inspired my series on healing that started with this article: We saw some minor miracles including a partial healing of his hearing in one of his ears.

But it began to be obvious over the last couple of months that the cancer was advancing, and we were losing the battle. I’ve lived largely in the last two months in a house of mourning. Not because we have no hope. We have gobs of hope! But because my 70 year old brother, whom I love dearly and communicate with regularly, is no longer going to be a part of my life, nor a part of the life of his wife of 50 years or his daughters, their husbands and children’s lives, my younger brother’s life, and on and on it goes.

My dear brother went to be with Jesus this morning around 8:35. His wife, daughters, my younger brother, and my wife and I were all around him. I’ll be writing more about all of this eventually. Back with family now.

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michael sloan
michael sloan
Feb 22, 2023

Randy, thank you for including us in this journey through healthy, holy, mindfulness regarding hope and healing and loss and grief. God has called your brother home because his soul is now ready for his next assignment in our Father's Eternal Kingdom!

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