Friday, June 14, 2013

High Flight by John Gillespie McGee, Jr.

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of—wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air....
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark nor even eagle flew—
And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

June 14, 2013   Graduation Day at the Cottage

Mike slept peacefully though the night. When I awakened, I held his hand and whispered, once again, how much I love him. I told him that I would be ok, that he had taken such good care of me. He was breathing slow and gently. He was relaxed and resting.

Then, I joined my brother for breakfast. When I went back in, Mike's earthly life was over. In whatever reality exists in heaven, he is now walking and laughing with his own father, my father, sister Janelle, and he's running to the arms of his Savior.

So, join us in thanking our God! Mike is soaring on the Highest Flight.


  1. Praise Jesus for answering our prayers and taking Michael home to be with those who has gone before and our Heavenly Father. <3

  2. Lynne,

    We are thinking of you and your family right now and we will miss our friend very much. He gave us so much and asked very little in return. Mike, thank you for your friendship.

    Brian Hermann

  3. Oh Lynne - my heart is with you.

  4. My prayers go out to you.May he rest in peace in the loving arms of his Heavenly Father...

  5. May peace be upon you and may you feel God's love in a very real way right now.

  6. Mrs. Bolinger, I am so sorry for your pain. I am thankful for the "extra" time you had with him. Hoping for peace for you now, as he has found his.

  7. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. You will still be in my prayers.

  8. As the gospel song writer has penned:

    "A great day is coming
    Heaven's gates will open wide
    and all who love the Lord will enter in
    To join with their loved ones
    Who in Jesus Christ have died
    Their eternal life in heaven will begin

    "And the Lord himself will greet us
    Oh what joy will fill that day
    When with the voice of the proudest father
    He'll look at us and say

    "Welcome home children this is the place I've prepared for you
    Welcome home children now that your work on earth is through
    Welcome home children ye who have followed so faithfully
    Welcome home children, Welcome home children!
    Here where I am you shall always be, Forever rejoicing with me!"

    May the God of All Comfort fill your heart and mind full of the fond memories that are but a foretaste of the eternal life to come when you, dearest Lynne, are reunited with your beloved, Mike.

    May you sense the loving arms of the Holy Spirit holding you close. May He give you peace in your heart and the sure assurance of His abiding love.

  9. I'm sorry for your loss Lynne. I'm saddened by the news but rejoice knowing, his pain is over and he is with family and the Father.
    Bless you.
    Jeff Kirk

  10. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Lynne,
    I am so sorry for your loss and for ours, as Mike's passing creates a hole for those of us who knew him and loved him. However, I have to rejoice that his body is now completely whole again and I thank God that we have the hope of knowing that we will all be reunited again one day.

    After seeing you this morning, I have to say that God's peace and comfort absolutely radiated from you. You looked so beautiful and so at peace. Praise God for that, for there is no peace like that which our Lord gives.

    Continuing to pray -- just praying differently, now that Mike is gone. My heart aches for your children as well -- knowing that there will be a constant reminder every year at Father's Day that this was the time of year when their loving daddy passed away.

    You and Mike have been such an inspiration to us through this journey. I have loved being able to read of your very special love for each other --such a beautiful relationship you had. It has touched me deeply as I've read your blog. Such sweet, tender stories of things you have done for each other. What a true inspiration it has been. Your love for each other and your love for the Father has shown through and inspired us all.

    Stacy (Grams)

  12. I am so sorry for your loss, but rejoicing with you that Mike is with Jesus. May God continue to comfort you and your family in the days, weeks, and months to come.

  13. Thank you so much for sharing your journey with all of us.
    I continue to remember you & your family in my prayers.
    May God richly bless you with HIS peace that passes all understanding.

  14. I only met Mike once when my son Michael Young borrowed some guitar equipment from him and he seemed very nice. I enjoyed listening to him at church one Sunday...he was so positive in everything.
    I too thank you for sharing your journey with us. You will continue to be in my prayers and the rest of your family. May the almighy God of comfort keep his arms wrapped around you in the days ahead!

    Cathy Kanable

  15. Thank you for sharing this time in your life with us through this blog. It has made me cry, laugh and smile, sometimes all at the same time!! You are truly an inspiration. Your strength and courage are amazing. It sounds as though you are at peace and for that I am thankful. I will continue to keep you in my prayers, to ask that God put His hand on your shoulder whenever you might experience a dark moment.

    Denise Wisehart King

  16. Mike was a good man who did many good deeds unknown to others. He was always nice to me. I enjoyed his humor and outlook on life. You are both very special people. He will be greatly missed by not only those close to him, but those who had the pleasure of making his acquaintance. A candle has went out in this world, but Heaven is a little brighter. May God be with you and the family during this difficult time.

    Pamela (Blanton) Young

  17. Oh, my heart goes out to you & your family! Mike was a remarkable man & he is whole again & souring high with Jesus.
    Thank You for sharing your journeys in life with all of us who faithfully read your blog. You have always been an inspiration to me!

  18. I've been praying for your entire family. I have known Allyson since we were int he second grade thanks tot he KEY program and she even helped me through Anatomy and physiology at Purdue as a freshman. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you now.

  19. Your husband was a strong man. I met him only through his video when he first found out that he was sick. Though I personally don't know you or your husband, I have gotten to know you both through your blog. My heart is heavy for you tonight, but please know that you and your husband were truly witnesses for God. Your story touched me and blessed me. I am a stranger who weeps with you, and also shares your belief in God. I will pray for you in the following weeks. God Bless You.

  20. You And Your FAMILY Are In Our Prayers. May Our Lord Continue To Surrond You All With His Supernatural Peace!!God Bless You !!!!

  21. I came to your blog years ago, through Janelle's blog. I have been so inspired by your journey. You and Mike have touched many more lives than you will ever know. Thank you for sharing the ups and downs so honestly. It has been a blessing. I am so sorry for your loss. I pray for comfort and peace for you and your family.

  22. I knew my heart would break when I would read your Dear Diary of your sweet love.