Jul 15 2013

In honor of my husband’s 1st heavenly birthday…

6 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:6-8 NIV


Today I want to honor the man whom I had the honor of calling my husband for two years and three months. I was blessed to be courted and cherished beginning in May 2009 and continued to be until the moment of his home going to heaven on his heavenly birthday, July 15, 2012.

I am filled with so many emotions as I write this…the pain of our loss of him…the joy of his gain being with our Savior for all eternity…grief and gratitude that is hard to put into words. Our marriage relationship and the family that came from our marriage has been and continues to be such a gift to me. It is hard to put it into words tonight so I decided to create a special music video/slide show in his memory.

The first song was “our song”…Nathan Clark George’s “You Make Me Smile”. Will played it and sang it to me in July 2009 for the first time and told me that it completely described how he felt about me…when I heard it for the first time I knew that it gave words to the experience I was having with him as well. Three years later, I said good-bye as Jesus took him home to heaven. Words can’t express what I am feeling tonight…so I thought this might help and honor him and his legacy at the same time.

The second song is one that our daughter Annie shared with me last summer after Will died. She created a video in his honor that I will share later this week using this song. It is called…”I want to be that man” by Brian Free and Assurance. It speaks so much of how our family feels about Daddy that I had to include it in my memories here too.

I hope you have a few moments to take a glimpse into the beautiful, priceless time we had together as I wish him a happy first heavenly birthday.

Happy first heavenly birthday, my love. You were and are the love of my life, my husband, my best friend, my lover, my mentor, amazing father, missionary, our gentle giant. I am so, so grateful for the priceless time and honor I had as your wife, help-meet, and parenting partner, and partner in ministry. As I told you the day I said good-bye…I’ll love you forever!

I thank God for you Rev. Will Pershing! I pray you are dancing in heaven with the joy that knows no bounds as you know no pain or sorrow only amazing love of our Christ! Missing you today. Your legacy lives on, sweetheart! So, so blessed to have called you my husband.



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Mary Joy

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Mary Joy

I am a broken daughter of God and a work in progress. I am passionate about encouraging women to embrace God's grace and faithfulness as I discover and share His faithfulness, grace and even joy in the messiness of my journey as a widowed (less than 2 yrs), homeschooling mom with a missionary's heart. I am in awe of how God fills me up and carries me through each day. My Heavenly Father leads me as I continue to parent and home school my two recovering and very active boys and encourage my beautiful teenage step-daughter (long distance) during her first year in of college. In every moment I see incredible evidence of God's healing love, grace and faithfulness. I am so blessed to be the creator, manager, and an author of Unwrapping His Grace as I lean on my Savior to lead us in this special web-ministry.

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  • Jean

    Thank you for sharing. Such a wonderful tribute to Will. I know you miss him terribly but God has indeed blessed you beyond measure. Thank you for your ministry also and how that you so encourage all of us. God Bless You and Your Family Mary Joy..

    • http://www.surrenderedlivingnow.com/ Mary Joy Pershing

      Thank you, Jean. Your comment means a lot to me. I apologize for not being able to respond until now. But I did read it and it means so much to me. You bless and encourage me more than you know. God bless you!