Monday, January 15, 2018

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Gloria Catedral, 90

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Lola and Lolo, circa 1980s.

Gloria Catedral, Lola Gló to us, has come home to be with the Lord in heaven. She was 90. She was hospitalized the day I got home. She died peacefully tonight.

We visited her most times of the week, singing her favorite hymns, especially "Great Is Thy Faithfulness." She battled severe infection in her lungs. Prior to that she has had a stroke and has mostly been wheelchair bound.

I'm comforted with Resurrection, one of the Puritan prayers in the Valley of Vision, compiled by Arthur Bennett.

O God of my exodus,
Great was the joy of Israel’s sons
when Egypt died upon the shore,
Far greater the joy
when the Redeemer’s foe lay crushed in the dust!

Jesus strides forth as the victor,
conqueror of death, hell, and all opposing might;
He bursts the bands of death,
tramples the powers of darkness down,
and lives forever.

He, my gracious surety,
apprehended for payment of my debt,
comes forth from the prison house of the grave
free, and triumphant over sin, Satan, and death.

Show me the proof that his vicarious offering is accepted,
that the claims of justice are satisfied,
that the devil’s scepter is shivered,
that his wrongful throne is leveled.

Give me the assurance that in Christ I died,
in him I rose,
in his life I live,
in his victory I triumph,
in his ascension I shall be glorified.


We'll miss you, La.

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