A Time to Gather

Robert T. Brookshire
servant of Christ
beloved husband and father

October 29th, 1956

Received into Glory
September 21st, 2016

Sunday, September 25th
from 2-6pm
Needham Story – North
1341 North Baldwin Avenue
Marion, IN 46952

Monday, September 26th
at 11am
2960 East 38th Street
Marion, IN 46953

“Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless His holy name!”
“For from Him and through Him
and to Him are all things.
To Him be glory forever. Amen.”
Psalm 103:1; Romans 11:36

You can read his obituary here.

Home with Jesus

The Lord mercifully delivered our wonderful husband and father from the pain and suffering he bore, and brought him into His eternal presence at 9:20pm last night on September 21st.

“I am continually with You; You hold my right hand. You guide me with Your counsel, and afterward You will receive me to glory.”
—Psalm 73:23-24

Praise be to God that Dad is now in glory – in the presence of the Lord, restored and made new. No more suffering, just joy abounding. We saw him fight the good fight, finish the race, keep the faith. Christ’s work in him on earth came to completion as he took his last breath before going to his heavenly home.

Just a few days ago, this sweet man said that he wanted: “All the honor and glory to go to God if you see any good in me. It’s His work in me.” We have been so blessed by this precious man of God and God’s great work in and through him.

Thank you all so much for your love and prayers and support.

With many tears and thanksgiving,
Robin, Breezy, and Emily Rose

The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me;
Your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.
Do not forsake the work of Your hands.”
—Psalm 138:8

“And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
—Philippians 1:6



September 19th

As I sit in the living room typing, the room is dark and quiet. The curtains are drawn to keep the lighting soft. The only sounds in this moment are the white-noise of the fan and the steady hum and puffs of the oxygen tank.

Dad’s condition continues to worsen rapidly.

With the increased severity of his coughing and frequently being short winded, Dad’s hospice nurse has increased the oxygen level and his medications. The side effects can be near heartbreaking at times, but the benefits of easing some of the suffering are a blessing.

We are doing all we can to keep him comfortable, be there to help with his needs, and especially to love on him and treasure each moment.

Just earlier, we were sitting quietly around him, just being, just loving. I was sitting there thinking about Psalm 103 and those rich verses it contains.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all His benefits,
Who forgives all your iniquity,
Who heals all your diseases.”
—Psalm 103:1-3

When I spoke them, Dad replied – which can be rare due to the confusion brought on by the medicine – saying, “We get in on some of that.” Thank you, Lord – we do by Your great mercy!

We do not know the hours or days we have left together this side of heaven, but we are thankful for this time to get to love and care for the man who has loved and cared so much for us.

God cares for us and He carries us.

“Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy.”
—Psalm 103:4

Thank you all so very much for your love and prayers!
—Emily Rose

September 15th

Yesterday, September 14th, marked three weeks since Dad was first diagnosed with lung cancer.

Yesterday was also the start of hospice care for Dad.

Last night was, by far, the hardest night we’ve faced so far with the severity of coughing and discomfort. The oxygen (delivered just a few hours earlier by hospice) was a life-saver.

We are thankful for the kind and helpful nurses who have checked in yesterday and today. The medicine and medical equipment hospice provided has helped to make Dad more comfortable. Due to difficulty breathing, he now needs to be on oxygen 24/7.

It has been such a blessing to hear from so many of you – your notes of love and your prayers mean so much. The Lord knows we need them! He prepares the way, providing for our needs even before we know them (like the oxygen). He is faithful and continues to give us the grace and strength for each day.

“Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved.” —Psalm 55:22