Eulogy for Harold Granger
26 January 2019
Grace and peace to you, beloved.
We gather this day
To give praise and thanksgiving to God
For the life of Harold.
To extend to one another our support during this time of mourning.
To apply the balm of Gilead to our wounds
That the hand of God
Might touch and bring healing to our broken hearts.
I approach this eulogy for Harold with sadness, joy, and calm assurance.
It is with sad reluctance that we say goodbye
To a faithful husband, loving father, good friend, and a gentle soul.
I’m going to miss you;
We’re going to miss you, dear friend.
I am sad that Harold didn’t have more than one opportunity,
When I’d pick him up for lunch with the men of Zion,
To enjoy the easier access of my new car.
I will deeply miss our discussions about the books we are reading,
And what makes their content so engaging.
(Don’t worry, Harold. I’ll finish Michelle Obama’s book “Becoming” for you)
I am sad that Harold was one of the few people
I was able to talk with about politics, policy, and the electorate;
Without fear of offending or angering him.
My sadness wonders, “Who will take his place?”
I am sad that Harold’s keen scientific mind and love for technology
Will be absent from our discussions.
I have been sad, as I know many of you have been sad, too,
To see Harold’s health in decline.
I am sad that Harold’s absence will be a great loss of
A great man of faith, who loved the Lord and loved his neighbor.
It is with a joyful heart
That I know Harold inspired countless others
To carry on his example to this generation
And generations to follow.
His passion for excellence in engineering
And his love for technological improvement
Will burn long and bright in my life
And in the lives of many others.
His calm, logical approach
to the challenges, trials, and troubles of this world
Will serve as an example of healthy debate, critical thinking,
and the ability to make change when necessary.
Harold’s love of reading gives me joy
whenever I crack open a new book,
And I hope the first thing you do when you return home
Is to open a book of your choice and start reading, too.
It will make you happy.
It is with joy that I got to experience Harold’s love,
His love of Nancy, son and daughters, grandchildren, family
His love of his friends and church family,
And his love of those who are in need
and those who are the least fortunate.
I am so happy that Harold has given us a lasting example
Of generosity, and how simple, kind, acts and gifts
can change the world.
I am happy that I had the privilege to be with Harold and his family at the end,
To share the 23rd Psalm,
to anoint him with the oil of healing,
and to lift him up to God in prayer.
I am happy that Harold has faced his final trial
And he now rests in peace.
I am overjoyed that Harold brought happiness into your life and mine.
It is with a calm assurance I know
That Harold’s faith was deeply rooted in Jesus Christ.
From his earliest of days until his final breath
Harold believed and profoundly knew
That Jesus claimed him,
Provided the example for a life of righteousness,
Forgave his sins and the sins of the world,
And has now saved him into eternal life.
We stand assured that Harold has been saved
Solely by the grace of God through Harold’s faith,
Which led to his acts of kindness, outreach, and love.
At the end of the day
I am deeply thankful to God
For sharing Harold with me over these past many years.
I am thankful for the sadness that I feel with his death.
I am thankful for the joy that I feel in his life.
I am thankful for the assurance of faith I possess in his life, death, and eternal life.
My prayer for you?
Is that you share this thankfulness, too.