9.11.2006

the grove



Two months ago I told you about my favorite place on earth. I told you about the grove in Northern California, the place that makes me feel closer to God. I told you that in my opinion it was the most beautiful place in all of creation.



What I didn't tell you was how I found the grove. I was introduced to this amazing place by my Father In Law, Albert Merritt.



The first time Albert took me to the grove he told me that this was his favorite place on earth, that it made him feel closer to God, and that in his opinion it was the most beautiful place in all of creation.

We visited the grove again yesterday. This time it was to spread Albert's ashes.

I learned a lot of things from Albert. He had a deep love of God, and it was contagious. He was passionate. If he loved something you had to love it too. If he liked a book, he'd buy 6 copies and hand them out. Same thing with CD's. He was the same way about his love for Jesus. He wanted you to experience the same joy he felt. He had a relationship with his kids and grandkids that I hope to have with my kids and grandkids. He accepted me into his family and loved me as one of his own. He talked straight. You never head to guess what he was thinking. He loved life, but he didn't hold on too tightly. He wasn't afraid to die.



His death was tragic and unexpected and our family is still in shock. We are mourning the loss of his companionship for ourselves and our children. We will miss him.

We appreciate your prayers as we navigate this painful chapter in our lives.


13 comments:

Crissi said...

Jimmy, that was just wonderful. A wonderful tribute for a wonderful, wonderful man. You had me a little tearful, but I think you had me smiling more than anything! Thank you for sharing this here.

Liz said...

That's an absolutely beautiful place and an absolutely lovely reflection. What a special way to honor his memory. Thanks for sharing...I guess that "next blog" function is good for something!

RC said...

Hey bro, thanks for sharing this piece of your journey. Continued prayers for you and yours....

TGL said...

A great tribute, and not just the blog entry, but the obvious love shared by all of you. Blessings to you and your family Jimmy.

AlanK said...

very nice entry, thanks for sharing this and will be back to read more of your blog

Liz J said...

What a beautiful tribute to Albert. That picture of him with his hand outstretched on the ramp so perfectly captures how so many people remember him.
It's so beautiful that you all got to share that time with him in the redwoods a few months ago. I keep praying for you guys. Love you.

Sundry said...

Thanks for posting this. I just wandered over here from Liz's blog. Love your words about this man, and the video brought tears to my eyes. I think my dad had his picture taken on that same pony.

Best to you and yours.

Kristie Allen said...

hey jimmy. i don't know if you know this but albert went home to Jesus two days after my grandma did. my nana lived with us and was the only other believer in my family. i miss her so much and life is really hard to face sometime because tears are clouding my view. thank you for sharing this post with us...albert was amazing. he made me feel so welcome everytime he said "howdy!"
I love you and katie and i know exactly how to pray for you during this time of mourning.

The Rev said...

Albert was the definition of a true Christ follower. Thanks for sharing these special moments with us Jimmy and Katie. Our prayers are with you.

CT&Ang said...

Wow Jimmy, what an incredible testimony that video is! Thanks for posting it. I pray that you & your family continue to seek out beautiful places that bring you closer to God.

Jeff said...

I do not know you or your family.
but...
I prayed for you and grieved as the video played.

may God hold you all as you continue on.

Tony Myles said...

Absolutely moved to pray today.

Shawna said...

Jimmy,
Thank you for sharing this video with all of us! What a blessing to be reminded of the Christ centered life Albert led.
I am continually praying for all of you (Albert's family) as the time goes on.