It is with both joy and sorrow that we must share that my dear dad, William (Bill) McMillan, went home to be with the Lord on April 16, 2009.
Dad McMillan was admitted to ER on April 7, 2009, because he was having difficulty breathing. He was diagnosed with pneumonia and was put in ICU on antibiotics and oxygen. Dad decided that he did not want to be intubated or put on life-support of any form, trusting that his breath was in the hands of the Lord. God gives breath, and God takes breath away.
After a valiant 9-day struggle with the pneumonia–and many tender moments for which we thank God–Dad surrendered his breath back to God, Who gives life and breath to all. As long as Dad remained conscious and able to communicate, he used even his last breaths to encourage others and to share Jesus Christ with all who would listen. Though our hearts are grieving at his death, and we miss him sorely, we also rejoice that Dad finished his course faithfully. There is in store for him a crown of righteousness.
The days since Dad’s death have been a sobering reminder to us of how brief life really is, and of the need to be always doing the will of God. One of Dad’s favorite passages when he was alive was Ecclesiastes 7:1-4,
“A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death than the day of birth. It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart. Sorrow is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.”
The Day of Christ’s return is near! We seek to carry on where Dad left off and to be found ready and waiting.
We are looking forward to the day when Dad will rise again!