My son in law, Paul Jewell, has been fighting cancer for several years. He was sent home from the hospital yesterday afternoon. We set up a hospital bed in our spare bedroom and he and Marlissa spent the night at dad’s house one final time. At 6:15 this morning I went in to relieve my wife and daughter. They had been taking shifts all night trying to make Paul comfortable. As Paul’s dad and I were holding Paul and meeting his needs I was reading Acts 7 out loud. At 7:15, Just as I finished reading, “And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.” Paul fell asleep for the final time.
He was the perfect man for my only daughter and we will certainly miss him. Their wedding has been played nearly 20 times on America’s Funniest Home Videos. I did the ceremony and had my cell phone ring at the end. It was the Lord calling to say, “what God hath joined together let no man put asunder. Paul, you may kiss your bride.” They had a great marriage and both worked in our ministry here.
It does make me a little jealous that he got to see Jesus first but I’ll get my turn some day. Paul always wanted to use his life to bring others to Jesus. He wanted his death to do the same. If you are not saved, what are you waiting for?
Please keep Marlissa in your prayers. The funeral will be Sunday, April 2, at Marcus Point Baptist Church where Paul and Marlissa sang in the praise team.
Sunday – Marcus Pointe
11:30 – 12:00 Funeral Home Set Up
12:00 – 12:30 Family Viewing
12:30 – 03:00 Friends Viewing
03:00 – 04:00 Funeral
Monday – Tentative
11:00 – Burial at Graveside
If you would like to view Paul and Marlissa’s blog to witness their faith in Christ through this time, you may visit http://www.myspace.com/paul_jewell
In lieu of flowers, Marlissa and the family request that you make a donation to the “Adopt A Jewell” fund at Marcus Pointe Baptist Church, 6205 N W St, Pensacola, FL 32505. This fund is under the umbrella of Shaohannah’s Hope, an organization that is dedicated to helping prospective adoptive parents overcome the financial barriers associated with adoption.
You can visit the Shaohannah’s Hope web site at http://members.shaohannahshope.org/site/PageServer
More later, Kent Hovind