Monday, August 17, 2009

It Is Finished

My dad passed away peacefully this afternoon at 1:20 PM. He gave my mom a big smile, then looked up into the corner of the family room, gave her one more big smile and he was gone. We think the second smile was from a glimpse into eternity. Funeral details to come. I can imagine the celebration going on in heaven right now. He has been healed and he is with his Saviour.


Karen Hartung said...

Yes, I'm sure there's a celebration going on in heaven. Down here, we will greatly miss him - our prayers are with your family as you head into this next season of life.

We are back home late Friday ... I'm hoping the funeral is later than that!!!

I'll be in touch.

Love & Prayers,


Anonymous said...

Wow. Stephanie your dad was a great man of God. I am so happy that he is celebrating in heaven now. You girls have shown me alot about what it means to trust God and be heaven minded through your updates.
I will always remember your dad's love for Tim Sessink and his cheering. I will continue to pray for you guys as you continue with your journeys here.
Lots of Love,

Anonymous said...

Yahweh is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
In grassy meadows he lets me lie. By tranquil streams he leads me
to restore my spirit. He guides me in paths of saving justice as befits his name.
Even were I to walk in a ravine as dark as death I should fear no danger, for you are at my side. Your staff and your crook are there to soothe me.
You prepare a table for me under the eyes of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup brims over.
Kindness and faithful love pursue me every day of my life. I make my home in the house of Yahweh for all time to come.

Chantelle said...

Thinking about you and your family at this time. He is in a perfect body now, in a perfect place. I can't even imagine how happy he must be right now. No more pain.

Anonymous said...

Your dad and your whole family are very special, I am praying he is at peace and is with his maker in Heaven. I hopw you will all meet him in Heaven

God Bless you all.

James, Nerissa Needahm and family.

Anna Lawrence said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family - Jesse touched our lives in a very special way - he will be remembered with gratitude and love - he left an amazing legacy in his children and a lasting impression on every life he has touched during his time on earth.
Love and hugs

Anna and Steve Lawrence and family...

Anonymous said...

Wow. We just heard the news, and our prayers are with Jesse, Kathy, and the family. We will cherish everything he's done, and honor his spirit among us. We will miss his smile, laughter, and the way he brought joy to us all.

We love you!

Kandrix & Laurie

Virginia Olive said...

Our love and prayers are with you all. Jesse's well-fought journey is over here on earth; and the saints in heaven are celebrating his homecoming! We are all blessed to have known this man of God. May God's comfort bring peace to your hearts, and may memories of Jesse bring smiles to your faces.
We Love You!!

Byng and Virginia Olive and family

Jim Messner - The Cochrane Business Network said...

I spoke with your Dad and my best friend on many occasions. He shared with me his thoughts and his courage was an inspiration to me. He told me about how he loved each one of you girls and your Mom so much. He shared with me his wishes, his medical wishes, what he wanted and what he did not want many times.
We had plenty of discussions and I know what was clear in his mind for the future.
Truly a man of inspiration for other men, other fathers, other husbands, Pastors and other Christians.
I know his heart and I know his will. Your Dad knew the Lord's heart and the Lord's will.
We have been blessed by the time we all shared together.
I am here for each one of you 24x7 and so is Barb as you know. That will never change.
We love you all very much and our prayers for each of you is constant.
Rejoice in your Dads new life, new body and a wonderful eternity. I can not begin to put into words what I want to say so I will end it with this. You all were his life. His Ministry included each one of you and God directed that too.

Anonymous said...

Hallelujah, it's indeed finished! Faithful to the end. What a wonderful and joyful journey we all had shared with him...Your Dad has been healed.

Mydene & Michael Manzano said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Thank you to your dad and to you family for demonstrating such strength, courage, and most importantly, unwavering faith during his battle with ALS.
I pray that the King of Glory will continue to uphold you and your in His mighty right hand and continue to give you peace that transcends understanding. May you find comfort in our Mighty Warrior in the days ahead. He will fight for you and many are praying for you.

With love,
Cuevas family

Dianne said...

We will mourn his absence on earth for he will be greatly missed. We rejoice his presence with his precious Jesus!! How wonderful to live with our Saviour more complete than he was on earth!!!
Blessings to all the Morales family.
Love and prayers from your sister in Christ,

Bob Shelton said...

There are times when words are inadequate to express our heart. For me, there was in Jesse a humble strength. If anyone could ever say follow me as I follow Christ it was Jessie. My life, all of us who knew him, our enriched for the privilege of knowing him. Just as our Heavenly Father gave Jesse dying grace I know he will give your family living grace for the days ahead. God has been and continues to be glorified by the way you walked through these difficult days as a family.

Anonymous said...

our thoughts are with your family.
We will all miss Jesse. We rejoice in his strength and love.
Domenic Pedulla & Family.

Carling said...

I am sorry for the loss of your father, I can't even fathom the grief; but encouraged that he is whole and with his Father now. You remain in my thoughts and prayers. Sending a big hug your way, Carling.

Debbie said...

Your dad has so many crowns to lay at Jesus feet! I know he is rejoicing in the presence of the Lord, completely healed.

He led the way for so many people to find their faith in Jesus. What a man of God!

I pray peace and comfort and God's grace for your family.

You have shared the story well and Jesse's story will go on in the lives of your family and so many people he has touched.

God Bless!

Glenna said...

How great and good is our God! I am thankful for the years that He gave us witnessing and experiencing the gift of His faithful servant named Jesse. I am thankful for the gift of salvation that our Lord gave so freely so that times like this can be softened with His grace and mercy. Please know that there is an army of intercessors around the world praying for you NOW and BEYOND.


Gerry & Nancy said...

Our dear friend and ministry partner is finally home with the Lord he loved and served so faithfully. Praise God for his deliverance from pain and suffering. Just think he is seeing Jesus face to face along with all of those who have gone on before him.

Jesse will be missed but he has left many ambassadors for Christ who will need to pick up the torch. Even today God is busying calling for those to answer His call.

To the dear family, our prayers and support are for you as you travel this challenging road. Be assured that you are not alone, you have friends all around wanting to help but more than that you have the Lord who will be just as faithful to you as he was to Jesse. So walk by faith into this new adventure and watch God bless you each one.

Gerry and Nancy Kraft
Outreach Canada

Dan & Christine said...

Jesse has inpacted so many lives, his absence has left a big hole in many people's lives (mine included), but the love of Jesus will fill that hole to overflowing.

It is amazing that Jesse now is in the presence of the Lord, and also with Paul, Moses, Abraham, James, John and other heroes of Scripture. I'm sure that Jesse's tears from leaving his loved ones behind are replaced with the love of the Lord and the community of those heroes from Scripture.

Jesse's gentle nudges will be missed, his encouraging words and easy laughter will find no replacement, but his love of the Lord will continue in each and every one of us his life has touched.

Kathy, Christina, Angela, Sthepanie and Emily, I mourn with you, but I also rejoice knowing that in the resurrection, we will all be rejoined to our brother.

Love and Prayers

Dan and Christine

Garner Family said...

We are surrounded with mixed emotions. A sense of joy and sadness at the same time. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of Jesse's girls. May you find peace that passes understanding in the days ahead of you. You are loved by the Garner Family in TX.

Anonymous said...

we would like to express our condolences and prayers to ur whole family, u may not know us but your dad, aunties and uncle's does.

love and prayers
Alice & family(daugther of Aunty Pet

Pat Sladey said...

This is such a lovely, caring tribute to your Dad and his journey. Thank you Stephanie for sharing the painful moments and the joyous times spent during the last year.
I am glad your Dad is now at peace...
Hugs and love to you, Mom Kathy, and your sisters Christina, Angela and Emily.
Pat in New Mexico

Anonymous said...

I remember your father saying that there is a time to live and a time to die. The time has come for your father to die. He knew that everyone dies and everyone has the opportunity to improve their lives and the lives of others. Your father dedicated his life to improving the lives of others. A lesson I have taken from knowing your father is that I to will try and improve the lives of others. To me that is the greatest gift someone can leave to another and I thank your father for passing his gift on to me.