“The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good…” (Luke 6:45).
On November 23, 2013, the world lost a dear soul when Dana’s uncle Richard “Dick” Young was translated from this life to his heavenly eternal home. What a day of celebration we had as we rejoiced to know Uncle Dick was in the very presence of the Father he’d never set eyes upon, but loved so very much.
Many, many stories of this good man were related that day resulting in a wonderful composite of a man who loved and served his family and his fellowmen. Uncle Dick was a hard-working and gifted metal engineer. He loved music and had an evangelistic heart for the lost, working with both Child Evangelism Fellowship and the Gideons. He served his country in two wars—Korea and on the front lines in World War II. He was a man resistant to personal pride who directed any praise he received back to his Creator. He was also a man of prayer and devotion who rarely failed to turn a conversation toward the Lover of his soul.
Truly, I need more, not less, godly, good influences in my life. Uncle Dick will be missed by many for a while until our great reunion. There was one phrase shared at his funeral that summed up this noble life and allowed us to grieve, but not as others who have no hope. It was the reminder that Uncle Dick had waited his whole life for that day. What a pleasure it must be to finally arrive home after so many years of sojourning in foreign lands. No wonder “precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints” (Psalm 116:15).