Saturday, April 30, 2011

Sweet Is The Peace

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Today, we attended the funeral of my Uncle David.

It was a physically, spiritually, and emotionally taxing day.
It was a day filled with sorrow, grief, sadness, love, gratitude, and peace.

It is late and I just crawled into bed and began reflecting on the day we have had and I began to cry. My heart hurts.

I knew I needed an outlet for my thoughts and feelings from today because I can not stop crying.

What keeps going through my head today is a song. A song that brought such peace to my Uncle David at a time in his life when he was feeling so down... the week he was diagnosed with cancer. The congregation sang it today at the funeral. Here is the first verse...

'Sweet is the peace the gospel brings
To seeking minds and true.
With light refulgent on its wings,
It clears the human view.'

Each time in our lives when we lose someone we love, it brings such emotion and sorrow to the surface. It is like a fresh wound has been opened up right where the old one was trying to heal and we begin another healing process.

As the song states... I am so grateful for the sweet peace that the gospel brings to my life... peace in knowing that we CAN turn to the Savior to heal our aching hearts, peace in knowing that death is not the end... that we will have the privilege and blessing of seeing our loved ones again.

What sweeter peace can there be on days such as these?

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Here is the obituary of my Uncle David... truly a great and loving man. We sure love him.

David Lee Higginson

1943 ~ 2011

Our Father in Heaven chose Easter Sunday to call our dear husband, father, and grandfather home. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family from the effects of cancer.

David was born October 3, 1943 in Nampa, Idaho to John Detton and Merle Harris Higginson.

He was a valiant member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served a mission to New Zealand from 1962-64. He had a deep faith in his Savior, Jesus Christ and shared his love for Christ with his family and countless others.

While attending BYU, he met and married his sweetheart, Louise Lewis. They were sealed for time and all eternity on June 2, 1967 in the Salt Lake Temple.

Music was the essence of his life. He was an amazing choir and orchestra teacher in Utah and Idaho, a musician, songwriter, and arranger. His children's treasured memory is singing around the piano on Sunday evenings. He was the creator of The Professional Chord System and touched the lives of so many people as he traveled around the country to share his gift.

He is survived by his wife, Louise and 9 children, David (Heidi), Michael (Marci), Amy (Brenden) Clements, Rebekah (Jim) Edwards, Brian (Lisa), Julie, Linda (Danny) Strauss, Robert, and Jared.

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Karey said...

It was a beautiful day and a sad day. This is a sweet and tender post. I love you, Les.

Kristi said...

How very sad to have to say good-bye to Uncle David. He was a great man. I wish so much that our family could have been there at the funeral services.
Although we are saddened by the loss of Uncle David, there is much joy when we look at the bigger picture. Thanks

Rebecca Adams said...

Thanks for this post! My heart aches as well, but what a blessing to have the true gospel in our lives! Even though some things are hard to understand, it helps knowing we can turn to our loving Heavenly Father and be comforted. It was good to see you yesterday!

mudderandfodder said...

Beautiful posting. I love the memories of all who loved him so much. Pray for strength and Heavenly Father will bless you. Love you. LMH

snarchibald said...

THis was touching. What a wonderful service, but such a sad reason for it. We will miss him so much at the family gatherings. Love you.