While it brings tears to my eyes to think about Larry they do go away and I know his Spirit is close.
The Peace Prayer of Saint Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
where there is
hatred, let me sow love;
where there is
where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life. Amen.
Larry shown with Ted, his brother, October 2006, One month before he passed. God granted this time together. They hadn't seen each other in a few years. His son Damian and daughter Desi.
I can still hear his voice in my ear today and I know he is near.
Hey, Nov 24th
Just wanted to wish you guys a happy thanksgiving, its 1:46am right now I just got home from work. Sorry I couldn't call or wasn't here when you called But we don't have long distance and I was at work when you called. Hope it all went good and your finally done cleaning up the mess that you made in the kitchen. We had dinner at our house that heather and her mom cooked while I slept. I woke up around noonish and ate and went to work a little later. This was my day, although I kind of liked getting away from the loons asap anyway. Alright love you guys and tell the kids I said hey. Love, Larry
This was Larry's last email he sent me a few days before his accident.
1 Corinthians 15 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.
Larry, Me and Desi in Daytona Beach..
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Larry's family, wife Heather, son Damian, daughters Desi and Alana
My Mom, she had the Spirit at a early age, You can almost see it in her eyes.
1Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin. 2As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.
Even though I saw you Larry in your final resting place in the funeral home and I was at the funeral and have done some things to dress up your plot there I still do not accept the fact that you are gone from me or us for ever and I do not believe I ever will. I have a lot of faith that we will see each other again. Faith if any one knows where I got it from I am sure you do, I parked at the Church many nights in Denmark trying to cope with you leaving us, sitting on the steps in the dark, praying, staring into the night, at the church, into the stars, wondering why, it must have worked as I know you got through enough to me even though there was no talking involved just that cool serious look on your face. I know it was no dream and my mothers face right behind you as a mural to yours to say you were not alone, you were fine, you were with her, she just had that do not worry expression on her face. That Larry cemented my faith., that I consider a blessing. I still often wonder how lucky I am to have enough faith and realize what a gift it really was to have that happen. I suppose my prayers were answered in a very special way. Amen for that. And until we meet again, I will pass the good word to others and hope they also will get some. Love Dad
Death always seemed so final but I really believe it is the beginning of a better place for most and a day to fear God even more so for some who did not fear him at all or live by his words as they as well will be judged by our Lord God for their actions. I believe in Jesus and I also believe if I live and do things the way they ought to be done and try my best to make up for my sins and follies, and work to better myself towards that goal everyday, direct the rest of the family and others along the way as well, I believe we will see you again. I do believe.
The worst thing is the separation and when we do meet again others will mourn for me as I do you even though as you I will be with those in the family like you who have preceded me. So in reality we really should not fear it at all but it is the separation from the living to the present that is feared the most. There are so many things we do not understand about this life and the next. We pray every night that you know we're thinking of you every day and that we will all be together again one day.
THE BROKEN CHAIN
We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name,
In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same.
You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide,
And though we cannot see you, you are always at our side.
God sent his son, they called him Jesus
He came to love, to heal, and forgive.
He bled and died to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my Jesus lives.
Today is 8/19/07 and in church I could feel you there and then the hymn came up.
How sweet to hold a newborn baby.
And feel the pride and joy he gives.
But greater still the calm assurance,
This child can face uncertain days because He lives
Because he lives, I can face tomorrow
Because he lives, All fear is gone.
Because I know he holds the future,
My life is worth the living just because he lives.
And then one day I will cross that river,
I'll fight life's final war with pain.
Life's final war with pain.
And then as death gives way to victory,
I'll see the light of glory and I'll know my Jesus lives.
Because he lives I can face tomorrow.
Because he lives, All fear is gone.
Because I know He holds the future,
My life is worth the living just because I know He lives.
Hey, Larry. I enjoy the memories I had with you, they are very precious to me, and I will remember them for the rest of my life, I love you, Bro. And I look forward to being with you in the eternal afterlife.
Larry, you have many friends & family that will always be remembered in their kind words and support in your loss of our lives for now, some you never knew, I would like to thank them for you. They know as well as you do who they are. Thanks to you all. Larry's Dad
Larry I always loved you/Desi and Damian really like me now! miss ya forever Rissa
Favorite pet name for his friends DORK
Your spirit and memories will be with us
When Tomorrow Starts
What would you say?
"Let me show you how it's done!" Larry with Damian
will give His angels charge over you
to guard and protect you wherever you go.
They will hold you up with their hands,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.
You're with us every day!
Daytona Beach, Heather, Larry and Desi
Larry you will always be the big brother. Carissa, Dakota, Shane, Ted, Mom & Dad
Ted really made it! >>> More family photos
For that 1st year a guestbook was maintained online by the Lakeland Ledger. Please take a moment to view. Soon you'll be able to add your comments. For now, click here to email them to me and they will be saved and added.
Bob, Suzanne and Amber with the marker Bob made for you 3rd from left.
We'll never forget the comfort they gave you when you would have been alone. And how they made sure we knew they'd stayed with you.
God bless these very special people
Larry Jr. has been gone for three years today, Nov 30
2009 He was driving West on Route #92 on route to work around 3:00 pm
from his home in Auburndale Florida to work in Lakeland under 5 minutes away from his home when he was struck by a large truck who ran a red light and was gone from us that quick.
When Heather, Larry's wife had to inform their kids on where their Dad was, Heather not being a regular Church member inquired what to say, the Minister said say the truth, tell them their Dad is gone away for a very long time, he is helping God in Heaven. We pray and think about you everyday!
My mother and father, Larry is with both of them now.
If I Knew