6 As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. 8 And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.2 Timothy 4:7, NLT
My brother sang a song that one of them had written at my father’s funeral. I can’t read this text without remembering that time, but now it’s one of joy, because I can see heaven’s gates opening wide to welcome my father home.