I will miss Gheedad so much! His funeral was Thursday – it was really hard, but good.

When we were at the apartment I read some of his last journal entries and his Bible FULL (literally, you could hardly see the actual printed words on most pages) of notes and prayers and names. I always looked up to Ghee dad as my hero, but now I look up to him so much more…because he looked up to Jesus so much more than I ever knew. He wanted to be like Jesus. His last journal entry about a month before he died said this: “Things I am still able to do: I intend to serve Jesus Christ as long as I remain alive.” In the same entry he listed several Bible verses. I looked them up later. They were all about heaven, and how wonderful it will be. He could not wait to be with Jesus.

His bible was full of notes about having a good attitude, serving others, joy, hope, people’s names that he was praying for, prayers for his own spiritual life, and so much more. By Psalm 40:11, he wrote “this is my testimony.” That verse says “Let thy loving kindness and truth continually preserve me.”

At the end of his funeral the pastor read 2 timothy where it says “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race. Now there is in store for me a crown of righteousness, and not only for me, but for all who have longed for his appearing.” I was really hoping he would read that verse. It is the best way I can think of to summarize Gheedad’s life. And the pastor talked a lot about ghee dad being an athlete and a coach….that was a huge part of his life and really important to him….and the last thing the pastor said was that Gheedad has finished the race. And he did not receive a gold medal, but he received a crown of righteousness. I want to be just like Ghee dad. He knew that his life was not his own; he lived each day to show other people the love of Jesus, because he knew that Jesus loved him.

This is when I graduated from high school…probably one of my favorite pictures ever!

1996 when Gheedad ran in the Olympic torch relay

This is part of a hymn we sang at his funeral:

“And then one day I’ll cross the river, I’ll fight life’s final war with pain. And then as death gives way to victory, I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know He lives.
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, all fear is gone. Because I know he hold the future, and life is worth the living just because He lives.”

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