Ninety nine years of life: Born on January 29, 1912; Died on March 24, 2011.
This man lived through: WWI & WWII; the rise and fall of the Soviet Union; severe famine and poverty; imprisonment for his faith; relocating to a different country at age seventy-eight; and much more.
His legacy includes: eight children; twenty-seven grand children; seventy-six great-grandchildren (of which I am one); and six great-great-grandchildren. His life was blessed, and it is living proof that our God is alive and faithful in every season.
A little blog post by one of his great-granddaughters says so very little. It is the years, the prayers, the blessings that speak for themselves to all who had the privilege of being touched by my great-grandfather.
On the way home from the cemetery, this song came on the radio; after today's happenings, these lyrics put words to what was on my heart...
"So what can I say?
And what can I do?
Then offer this life, oh God,
Completely to You."