Harley was the owner of Mitchell's Food Mart in Joliet. He was a dedicated Christian man, father and grandfather. I called the family home, and spoke with his sons, Jim and Jerry briefly. Their youngest son, Jack, has served as a missionary to Chile for over ten years. We visited Jack and his family in Chile last year when we were there. I called Chile to speak with Jack also. He and his wife, Sharon, will leave tomorrow night to return to the U.S.
Rose and I will plan to travel to the Chicago area for funeral services.
A couple of passages of Scripture come to mind. The pain and grief of the moment pale in comparison to our hope.
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
Our Lord Jesus began a work in Harley Mitchell's life many years ago. That work is completed. The family (we also) grieves his loss. Harley is now in glory. Through tears we will remember Harley, but in the light of eternity, our grief will be short-lived. Present sufferings and grief will fade in comparison to the glory that has been revealed already to Harley. As Jack said just a few minutes ago, "That is our consuelo!!"
May the Lord comfort the afflicted, and give them His peace!