Sunday Go to Meeting Bun! Good Sailing!

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L. A. Marzulli

My beloved father passed away quietly in his sleep last night from Alzheimer’s.  I am on my way to their home near Philadelphia… He was 94 years old. 

You’re in a better place pop!

L. A. 

1 Corinthians 15:13

2Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?

13But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised;

14and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain.

15Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised.…

(This is written, in part, while in route to my parents house on the plane from Los Angeles.  L.A.)

My father passed away last night.   We got the call at 4:30 this morning.  I last saw him only two days ago, as I went from the Colorado conference to my parents house and stayed until Thursday.  We all knew he was fading and I prayed over him and told him it was OK to go home.

I counseled my mom too, and told her to try to let him go.  Of course she couldn’t do that, as she had been with him since she was 5 years old.  They were child-hood sweet hearts and as my Uncle George stated in a recent phone conversation, one inhales the other exhales.  

Mom has been in a state of mourning, as the disease took my father ability to communicate months ago, so in a very real sense, we lost him then.

A few years ago when he was still able to walk, Dad and I took a walk around the neighborhood.  We talked about many things.  He knew he was slipping but at this point he could still carry on a conversation.   At some point we talked about Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  My Dad was raised Catholic and I don’t think anyone had ever asked him if he wanted to accept the Holy Spirit.  He thought about it for a moment and then told me, “Yes, I think I’d like to do that. ”

We prayed and he asked the spirit of the Living God into his heart.

I miss my Dad.

About 18 months ago, Peggy and I were getting ready to head back to Los Angeles.  We had popped in to see how he was doing.  Dad was sitting in a chair in his bedroom and he waved to us as we were leaving and said, Good sailing!  He had a big smile on his face and I’ll never forget how he looked.  These were the last coherent words he said to me.

Dad had Alzheimer’s and the disease slowly but surely chipped away at every part of him and stole his mind from both him and us.  During the last year when I would pop in to see him, I could see his eyes light up.  Somewhere in his mind, he knew who I was, but he couldn’t connect the dots.

My Dad fought in WWII.  He came back from that war shell-shocked and devastated by what he had seen.  He was a Captain in the infantry and landed on the shores of France, in D-Day.  He was awarded two purple hearts and the Bronze Star.  He never talked about the war until the 50th anniversary of D-day and then for a few days he was an open book.  He could talk about the war without breaking down, which he had never been able to do before and after that open window, on the 50th.

My Dad loved the game of golf.  He taught both my brother and I the game.  He taught us not only the rudiments and rules of golf, but what to him was the heart of the game, good sportsmanship.  He loved to see the little white ball fly through the air.  He loved the outdoors and the smell of the fresh-cut grass and dew on the greens, in the early morning.

My Dad was a good man.  He was honest and truly a man without guile.  He was a good father, loving and kind.

The scripture above is the essence of our hope in the Risen Savior.  As Paul says, if Jesus did not rise from the dead  then our faith is in vain.   For those of us who have been born again, by the spirit of the Living God, we know through our experience, that this is our blessed hope.  One day we will see Him, who died in our place at Cavalry so long ago, but then rose from the dead three days later!

When the trumpet sounds He will gather us to Himself in the air!  The Dead in Messiah will rise first and then we who are yet alive will be gathered to Him.

This might sound like fantasy to some, but it is the fulfillment of the promise, of the redemption of all mankind.

Like David, so long ago, I know I will see my Dad again.  This is the promise of eternal life, which is given to us by just believing on Him who was sent, Jesus.  If we confess our sins and ask Him into our hearts then we are then born again from above, and the Spirit of the Living God resides in us.

In closing todays Bun.  My Dad loved Jesus.  He prayed every night to Him before bed.  All of us miss him, but I know that he is in a better place and one day I will see him again…. Good Sailing Dad!






76 thoughts on “Sunday Go to Meeting Bun! Good Sailing!

  1. Thanks for sharing about your Dad with us L.A. I love to hear about those from the greatest generation. My dad was born in Sicily and was a little boy when Patton’s tanks rolled through. We should all be jealous of your Dad’s freedom from the chains of this fallen world.

  2. I’m truly sorry to hear of your dad passing. I usually read the Bun before church and this morning, had a good cry. Praying for you, your family and the bride of his youth, your dear mother.
    My dad passed 30 yrs ago this December, yesterday was his birthday, 103.
    He also served in WWII, Pacific Theater and was badly wounded.
    My mother will be 92 this month and is ravaged by Alzheimer’s, in a wheel chair and unable to put sentences together. There’s comfort is knowing you’ll see your dad again. Love you brother.

  3. May the Holy Spirit bring comfort to you and your family in this time of sorrow, and guide your father to the embrace of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ, and give you the peace that surpasses all understanding.

    God Bless you and Yours

  4. This has been a good day, in fact. Your dad is finally free from his mortal coil and….
    we all managed, for once (and probably the last time) to stay on topic.

  5. I am so sorry for your loss. Praise Jesus we know we shall one day soon see our loved ones who died in Christ. My prayers for you, your mom and family.

  6. Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
    That saved a wretch like me!
    I once was lost, but now am found;
    Was blind, but now I see.
    ’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
    And grace my fears relieved;
    How precious did that grace appear
    The hour I first believed.
    Through many dangers, toils and snares,
    I have already come;
    ’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
    And grace will lead me home.
    The Lord has promised good to me,
    His Word my hope secures;
    He will my Shield and Portion be,
    As long as life endures.
    Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
    And mortal life shall cease,
    I shall possess, within the veil,
    A life of joy and peace.
    The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
    The sun forbear to shine;
    But God, who called me here below,
    Will be forever mine.
    When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
    Bright shining as the sun,
    We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
    Than when we’d first begun.

    Blessings and comfort to the Marzulli family!

  7. I went through the same thing with my grandmother. She was more like a mother to me and I wanted to spend all my vacations and free time with her. All that I am and all that I know I owe to my Savior and her. She received the Holy Spirit late in life and kicked a 50 plus yr smoking habit.(instantainously) She has been gone for years but I think when I see her again it will seem like a blink of time has passed. Thank You Jesus for Blessed Assurance. The last thing she said to my husband ” my you have white teeth” 😉 God Bless you and your mom and may the memories be ever fresh in your mind until you meet again. God Bless

  8. LA, I’m so very sorry to read about the passing of your father. It can be very difficult when one of our parents dies. I remember well how kind you were to me at the time of my mom’s death. May our LORD wrap His Loving Arms around you and your family. And may He bless you all with His Peace beyond understanding…..


  9. Very sad to hear about your dad L.A. My mother also passed away from alzheimer’s a few years ago at age 72. It breaks your heart to see them go, but almost breaks it even more to see them stay. My prayers are with you and your family, until the day comes when you are enjoying good sailing and golf with your dad once again. Thanks for sharing your heart with us.

  10. Thank you for sharing this with us. I understand how your mother feels…I lost my best friend and husband two years ago…lost to me for now, but with the Lord. I am also beginning to understand your struggle with your dad as my 88 year old dad is starting to slip. It is hard to watch and I just want to make safe choices for him, but I need to let him live the life he wants as long as I can.
    The awesome part is that we will see our loved ones again. I can’t imagine the pain people go through if that don’t have that assurance.

  11. “Precious in the sight of the Lord, is the death of His saints” Psalm 116:15. May God comfort you and your family during this time of loss!

  12. Know that we are praying for you and trusting the Lord Jesus/Yeshua to comfort you as only He can. Matthew 5:4,”Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”

  13. My heart is breaking for you and your Mom, L. A. There is the wonderful ‘blessed hope’ that we live with — those of us who have lost loved ones — knowing that we will spend eternity with them. But the loss is very painful and I hope your Mom has some wonderful friends and a good support system nearby.

    Sometimes the mate caring for the one with Alzheimer’s becomes isolated just by virtue of being a full-time caregiver. I pray that is not your Mom’s case. You both will be in my continued prayers for you to know that ‘peace that passes understanding’ as you go through your mourning period. God’s blessings and comfort be yours. Elaine L.

  14. My gosh I’m so sorry for your loss LA, my dad passed few months ago from the same illness. Reading your blog today made me very sad; as you described him I could feel the love you have for him. There are not many men like your father out there anymore; these men are from a different generation, honest, strong men with good morals. Men that feel their word and a handshake are good enough to seal a deal. Men that are not afraid of hard work and take pride in protecting and taking care of their familes. It saddens me we are losing so many of these men like your father. I will keep you and your family in my prayers and I’m so thankful your dad is talking to Jesus right now, I mean really what could be better, and he is set free from his disease and in his glorified body.

  15. It’s early “moon-day” in the states…
    – keeping it brief so that LA & family needn’t worry about moderation

    a. Israel has withdrawn the bulk of their ground troops from Gaza
    b. The operation against hamas’ military infrastructure is largely complete
    c. 30 plus invasion tunnels from Gaza into Israel have been destroyed
    d. 2/3’s of the many thousands of hamas rockets have been destroyed (or fired)
    e. A unilateral truce is in place — except for striking back at hamas rocket launchers
    f. Mopping-up continues east of Rafiach + countering the daily dozens of launches
    g. hamas has been shown inept repeatedly since some faction always breaks truces
    h. 1/3 of 1.8 M Gazans are displaced, power & water are out, business is destroyed
    i. up to 1600 killed in Gaza, (800 civilians) … cp. 3000 in US aborted daily (re:morals)

    Lessons learned…
    – Tunnel building to smuggle military weapons into a country is an act of war
    – Firing rockets even randomly against civilians is an act of war (cp. russian roulette)
    – Defenders shot repeatedly may shoot back — even though armor limits damage
    – Pictures of “war crimes” in Gaza — would be the same in Israel except for Iron Dome
    – If Gaza were not isolated under siege — there’d be suicide bombings in Israel daily
    – Activists (like salesmen, special interests & lobbyists) usually don’t tell the whole story

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  16. My dear friends Mike and I are deeply saddened by the news of your Dad’s passing. You are in our prayers! What a tribute your parents were together so long but our great comfort is knowing your Dad is with the Lord. Hopefully we will all be together Soon….soon and very soon as that wonderful song extols. The Lord bless… Love, Olivia

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