Yesterday morning, we lost my father, Melvin “Bubba” Brewer to his 3 year fight with lung cancer. He was a great man, father, husband, son, brother, and Christian. He lived his life for others. He invested his life in helping others. While meditating on my father’s life this morning, I realized the similarities between his life and what Jesus did while He walked among us on this earth. Jesus took 12 misfits and taught them how to be men. He took them under His wing and showed them how to live life. When they left His presence, they went out and transformed the world. My father did the same thing. He was a coach and he worked with young men who came from difficult families. He did not just take them in as players on a team, he took them in like his own children. Many of the boys were from “rough” families and many people said that they would never be worth anything because of their last name or reputation that they had. After living with my dad for just a few years, they learned how to love others, serve others, and be good citizens contributing to the good of society. In the past few weeks, these boys were home to see Dad off on his journey to heaven. All of them are married now, with jobs, serving the communities in which they live, taking care of wives, raising children. These “misfits” learned how to be men and are living out a legacy instilled in them by my father. Dad was a simple man who lived by the guidance of his Lord and Savior. Jesus Christ. It seems that death “stung” him but in fact, death has not won the victory.

1) He is no longer in pain but now he is in the presence of the Lord. 

8 we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at homewith the Lord. (II Corinthians 5)

2) His legacy lives on through the lives of those whom he influenced for good.

I just want to say thanks to my Dad, the man who taught me how to be a man, to love my wife, to raise my kids, and contribute to the good of society. I love you and miss you already but I know that one day we will see each other again.

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13 comments on “O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?

  1. May we follow the example of your dad and serve Jesus with all our hearts. Our prayers for grace a comfort are with you and your family.

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  4. How wonderful it was to see Bubba with all of the family spending time together on Thanksgiving…And now, how wonderful it must be for Bubba that now he will be spending Christmas with Jesus and the rest of his family. RIP Bubba. I love you!

    • Thank you. It is a tough one but we are confident of his eternal security. We will miss him but he will live on through the people whom he influenced for good.

  5. Thank you Erik for handling such a tough situation. We all know that God’s purpose and perfect will has been fulfilled through Melvin Brewer. We will miss him. He was an angel in this tough world; but now, he is serving his Lord in happiness, and we will thank God for that.

    I love you,

    Aunt Abbey

  6. Hi Erik, I’m sorry to hear about your loss. Your article on your dad’s life is inspirational. Thanks for sharing with us. Praying for strength and comfort for your familiy.

    • Thank you. I miss him so much already but I know that he had a personal relationship with Jesus and all is well with him now. He probably feels bad for us now because we are stuck here. God bless.

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