From James at Three Legged Stool by way of Grandmere Mimi at Wounded Bird:
Our very beloved brother, Göran, has been on hospice for a week. He has an aggressive form of prostate cancer. According to his niece, the does not have a lot of time before he joins the Communion of Saints. Please keep him in your prayers as he graduates from mortality. And remember his blood family and his adopted family one of whom I am privileged to be.
Growing up in the shadow of a Swedish Lutheran Church, I learned Children of the Heavenly Father at a very young age. It was always sung in times of distress and for funerals. The last verse of the English translation says:Neither life nor death shall everFrom the Lord, His children sever.His the loving purpose solely,To preserve them, pure and holy.
I remember a great and devoted friend of this blog and of my work, and even though we never met in person, I consider him a dear friend. Please remember Göran Koch-Swahne as he comes to the end of his life.