Dear Honey Run Friends,
July 3rd was the end of an era in my life. I was blessed to have longevity in my family tree and my grandfather, my last remaining grandparent, went to be with the Lord. My grandparents on both sides of my family were integral in my being able to purchase The Inn at Honey Run and in who I am today. In addition to financial assistance, they provided love and support. They were the guiding force for my parents, which instilled their faith in God, which in turn modeled a Christian life for me. I love and appreciate The Inn and all the resources The Inn has afforded me, but the true treasure and gift my family has given me is hope. Hope in a God who is the Creator of all things. Hope in an eternal life with my Maker after this life is snuffed out. Hope that guides me through the challenges of life and shows me the sun is always shining even though my preset location and situation may not see it.
My grandparents were not perfect and some of their actions were devastating to the family. But the generations they left behind keep improving on the example they left, and there is hope that generations from now, our family will not make the same mistakes, and will be a better embodiment of the living God that we know.
I recognize that I am one of the lucky people who not only had grandparents alive during my childhood but also for many years into adulthood. I had the benefit of traveling to Europe with them to see our family’s roots and to see them in the final years of their career before they retired from working. While I did not fully appreciate the gift of this at the time, in their absence now I am able to be grateful for the opportunity. This life is short, and we all question what is the meaning of it all. I hope that in between your questioning you are able to appreciate the gift of the present – enjoy your family, to get to know your family, and to appreciate the choices they unknowingly made to make you who you are today.
While there is sadness of the loss of my family members there is also joy. Joy that they have completed this life and graduated to the next. Joy that they are now in a place that there is no pain or loss or fear anymore. They have followed their triumphant Savior home.
Your grateful-for-family Innkeeper,