Good morning. I worked all day yesterday so I am including this article from yesterday’s paper. I am writing as exhortation for all of us…this is the eulogy of the father during the funeral service that was held yesterday:
Wearing a black suit and carrying a black leather-bound Bible, a symbol of faith that has kept him strong for the last week, Woerlen said he accepted God’s will to take his family.
‘This is the day that the Lord has made,’ he said ‘He has decided they must come home.’
He said his wife suffered a serious back injury playing sports when she was young. A spinal fusion operation repaired some of the damage and offered relief from the constant pain.
Each time she gave birth, because of her sensitive spine, the pain came back with a vengeance. but like Jesus on the cross, she was willing to sacrifice her own comfort for others.
‘She gave herself to pain to bring forth seven wonderful children,’ Woerlan said, choking back tears. ‘She was a living sacrifice’.
‘Thank you Monika, for your example to me and to the rest of the world. Our wonderful seven children were a a gift from heaven. (We must not forget she was also 4-5 months pregnant for the 8th). The joy we shared from the breakfast table to the goodnight hugs and kisses will spur me on in faithfulness until eterntiy.’
Marc Woerlan offered personal farewells to each member of his departed family. At the end of the ceremony, everyone gathered to sing a slow hymn about the impermanence of life. Wperlan accompanied the singers on his trumpet. He wept as he played, but not a single note wavered.