First off, I would like to appologize for not getting to know Darlene in the time we ( my Wife Ethel and I) had been a part of Otis' Band. I would like to add that it gave me joy to be a small part in Darlene's Home Going, although it was a time for grieving and a closure for all who participated, what joy there is in knowing that as the Song "Take My Hand Precious Lord" became a reality for Darlene. This, God desires of all His people, God has made it so easy for all His people to be a part in His Kingdom that it seems too easy and we fall into a Spirit of Unworthyness and we try to make ourselves more perfect, not fully realizing that Jesus had already bought us with His Special Sacrifice on the Cross of Calvary and had shed His Blood for all our sins, past, present, and future if we but walk in the Forgiveness offered to us and Abide in His Precious Word.
Dawn, what a beautiful testimony of your Love and Respect for your Mother, I can see that She (Darlene) has given you and all her family a perfect example to follow, and she had shown it to you and all your siblings. What Joy awaits each of us who have accepted His Forgiveness and have accepted Jesus to be Our Savior and have asked Him to be Lord over all areas of our lives. Imagine this if you would, as Darlene came to those pearly gates and there is Jesus, saying to Her "Enter Thou In Thou Good and Faithful Servant into the Place I have Prepared for YOU", this is Joy Unspeakable and Full Of Glory. How we all long to hear that invitation. " NO EYE HAS SEEN, NOR EAR HEARD, NOR ENTERED INTO THE HEART OF MAN (all) THE THINGS GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM, AND ARE THE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE".
And, Pastor, I love your gentle and loving way you had comforted this Family, God Bless You.
And for Otis, I would if at all possible give you words of comfort and confidence in knowing that God had given to you Darlene as a Help Mete for the very many years to cherish, but now God is asking you to imagine the Joy that Darlene had experienced here on this earth and also the many tests and trials she had shared with you and your Family. But for each of us this is God's plan.... THE BEST IS YET TO COME! Otis Thank God everyday for the time you had and remember to Thank God for receiving Darlene into His Kingdom, this is our ultimate desire to go also to be with God for all eternity and to be at that great Banqueting Table, Glory To God!!! What we experience here on this earth is a stepping stone for Heaven. We are reminded that it is not what we do FOR God, it is all in OBEDIENCE to His Commands, that we are able to accompolish God's Plan in our Lives., JESUS' Word... IF YOU OBEY MY COMMANDS, YOU ARE MY DISCIPLE.
Thank You for this time of sharing my heart with each of you..
IJL N IHS, JACK AND ETHEL SOBOTTA.