My cousin was kind enough to send along some of my grandfather's sermons that she typed up. He died more than four years ago, but he was an amazing, wonderful man who had a huge impact on the lives of his entire family, and each of us misses him a great deal and thinks of him often. One of his Lenten sermons contains the line, "On Ash Wednesday let there be in our heart both ashes and assurance."

The line is so characteristic. He loved puns, and loved the corniest, worst jokes you can imagine. The rest of the sermon is serious, but I can see him smiling with just a bit of glee as he delivers the pun. Even on Ash Wednesday, my grandfather slipped in a bit of humor.
He was a lot of fun. Let's all pray for the soul of my grandfather Henry and his wife Katherine.

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