“God’s grace is like the ocean. So broad, so deep, so overwhelming, translucent.”
“God’s grace is like . . . is like the largest, most rugged mountain you’ve ever seen. It stretches up to the sky. Nothing can move it. The majesty of it fills you with peace that passes understanding. Nothing can stop it, nothing can break it. God’s mountain of grace simply stands guard over you, protecting you.”
Richey Craig, January 2, 2017
“Our Last Conversation,” Memorial service for Ritchey Craig, Saturday, January 29, 2017
Dear Friends and Family,
There is no doubt that Ritchey leaves behind him a large empty space. The size of that space is directly proportional to how much we loved him ~ husband, brother, father, grandfather, brother-in-the-Lord, friend. And while the Lord can fill us with Himself and give us peace and strength in this time, He cannot fill the space that Ritchey left behind. For love created that Ritchey-shaped space in our hearts.
In spite of the loss to us in Ritchey’s Home-going, we are comforted by the fact that he is now free of pain and a broken body, resting in the presence of Jesus. I know he is, because when I visited him on January 4, he had already begun to taste Heaven. To see glimpses of heavenly scenes.
It was a Wednesday afternoon, that January 4. I arrived not knowing what to expect. Friends had told me that Ritchey’s speech had become hard to understand. Lynn graciously opened the door and led me into the house. Mark was sitting at the dining room table, working on his laptop, close at hand. Ritchey was in his bed in the living room. I greeted him and sat beside his bed. Lynn and I chatted for a few minutes, and then she excused herself. The silence was deep, but not at all awkward. I tried to think of something to say, but felt at peace simply sitting there.
I thought back to some of the many times I had listened to Ritchey play the piano – that seems like such an understatement — the way Ritchey played with piano keys. On one occasion . . . Continue reading “Ritchey Craig and God’s Ocean of Grace”