We are waiting at the station

We are waiting at the station with Dad,

metaphorically of course.

We can hear the whistle of the train.

We don’t know how far away it is.

But eventually it will arrive.

He has no baggage.

No one does at this station

but he knows the Engineer.

His body, weak and weary from the journey…

but this will be the last for him.

A rendezvous with bliss.

He has no appetite for the food here.

He speaks in mumbled whispers and sings short lingering tones.

And we are waiting by the station.

Even as the days pass, the exits are closed

He’s entered a place where only boarding passengers can be… to wait

But I see him through distant glassy eyes.

I know he’s in there.

Waiting, hoping, weeping, silently

until the tickets are torn and He waves to us and sallies forth into the great glass, darkly…

face to Face.

24 thoughts on “We are waiting at the station

  1. This is a difficult time for all of us and I am praying constantly that God’s mercy will encircle Mark and also Lillie. Tears drip onto my laptop as I type. I love all of you so much. Thanks for keeping us posted Matt. You are a dear nephew to me!!

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    1. You are deep treasured, Aunt Glad. Dad has a fever with no know cause which they are saying is usually a sign of end of life. His breathing is shallow. I don’t know how long, but I know we are getting close. He hasn’t been responsive for around 24 hours. Thanks so much for the prayers and encouragement over the past few days. We love you.

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  2. My heart hurts. I so wish I could have been with Deb on her visit. That we could have sung “Some Golden Daybreak” one more time. That he would have asked me … “how do you keep a turkey in suspense?” I would love to put my arms around you, Melinda, Mel, Mark Jr. and your mom. There are just know words. So thankful for the years, the lessons, so much more. Love you all.

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  3. My heart hurts. I so wish I could have been with Deb on her visit. That we could have sung “Some Golden Daybreak” one more time. That he would have asked me … “how do you keep a turkey in suspense?” I would love to put my arms around you, Melinda, Mel, Mark Jr. and your mom. There are just no words. So thankful for the years, the lessons, so much more. Love you all.

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  4. Matt, Praying with and for you and your family, especially Lillie. My many years of blessed ministry are due to your dad and mom’s influence and ncouragement. I’m saddened, but no he will soon be in the land of no more -no more sickness, no more sorrow, no more death! Be encouraged, brother. Steve Davis

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  5. Praying for all of you as you watch your dad as he prepares to leave his earthly home for his mansion in the sky. May God wrap all of you in His arms of love and give you peace and comfort.

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  6. Only Matt Tullus could write this and for it to be so true. It’s the same for many people every day, but when it’s your Dad, it’s different. I can only say for God to be with you and your family during this time of departure. Prayers and love and patience to all.
    Lynda Jones

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  7. I love you and your family so much. Thanks for these beautiful words and your presence at Uncle Mark’s time of need. You are all in our thoughts and prayers!

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