Tribute to My Father, Gene Wohlberg (1929-2018)
My dad, Gene Wohlberg, died two nights ago. He was 89. Dad has been in a nursing home for about four months in Glendale, California. Thankfully, I was privileged to spend ten days with him in September/October. Our last time together will always be precious to me. My dad and I have always been very, very, very close.
Life is different now.
I can’t call him any more in the evenings.
I am thankful to report that Dad was a strong Christian. Now, he has joined those who “sleep in Jesus” (1 Thess. 4:14). During my last trip to see him, as he lay there in his bed, struggling, he often repeated Bible promises to me. I recorded three short video clips of Dad speaking God’s Word. If you would like to watch them, here they are: Psalm 94:19; Psalm 62:1,2; 1 John 4:18. My father deeply loved God, his family, and so many others. He so often showed his love in practical ways to those who were old, or sick, or dying. He was a great example to me personally, and to many others.
Yesterday I shared this news with those on my Facebook page, and I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of love, prayers, and condolences. Thank you! One man on my page, a radio host in Pennsylvania, even created a short video clip honoring my father. Bless you, Rob Pratte!
A memorial service will be held on November 3, at the Hollywood Presbyterian Church, where my dad was an elder. My dad requested that I do the service. Please pray for me, for my family and relatives, and for the many people (from many walks of life) who will attend this service. We expect a large crowd, for a whole lot of people really loved my dad! As his death drew near, my father relied heavily on Jesus Christ and on the promises of the Bible.
So should we.
Don’t wait until the day of death draws near. Now is the time to get to know Jesus and His Word.
But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus…For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
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I already miss Dad. A lot … but I am so thankful for Jesus and for the hope that He gives us in times like this. So I say, “Goodnight Dad. I’m sooooo glad we both became believers in Jesus during our short lives on this earth. By His grace, I’ll see you again soon on Resurrection Morning!”