Peace and love to you all.
Day by day, things get a little easier. Well, maybe not easier but they seem to hurt just a tiny bit less. We've spent a considerable amount of time putting together the funeral service and details - order, hymns, obituary, flowers, the works - and it is both exhausting and a little satisfying, in a weird way. Things still don't seem quite real, but we are hanging in there. Everyone we have talked to and worked with has been spectacular and kind, which has helped all the more. Now to get working on my eulogy...
As an update for those of you who will be unable to attend in person (which we understand because time and distance and travel and finances), we have confirmed that we will be streaming the service for everyone. You will be able to find the stream in two places:
1) Fargo First United Methodist Church's website: Home (firstumcfargo.org)
2) FFUMC's Facebook page: Fargo First United Methodist Church | Facebook
We hope that any and every one of you who wants to be a part of our celebration of Randy's life tune in and are able to participate in the sadness and the joy we will feel.
Thank you all for all you have done for us and the love and support we have received. It has helped more than we can explain.
I'll leave you with a prayer of gratitude and praise.
Generous Father, thank you that, by you, all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible. I praise you with all of my heart for your love for me. I thank you for all your wonderful deeds. I worship you for the gift of salvation. I glorify you for my secure, eternal future with you. According to your abundant mercy, you have caused me to be born again into a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Let me continuously praise you. In your powerful name, Amen.
After 43 years of ministry, Randy Cross lived his "fourth life" and shared about retirement, living boldly and intentionally in our world. To be sure, there was some North Dakota thrown in.