Letter # 82 Met Jan Rubingh died on June 6, 1918, at the age of 73. This partial letter to his widow (my grandmother) Hendrikien Walkotten Rubingh is from her sister, who resided in Hudsonville, Michigan.

Hudsonville, July 8, 1918

Mrs. J. Rubing

Dear Sister,

It is quite natural that in these recent days we are constantly immersed in our thoughts. You are now in mourning, and so we think continually of your great loss. Although it was not so unexpected, even so there is a huge empty place in your home and your heart is in pain.

It was very disappointing to me that I could not be with you to spend the final hours with our esteemed brother-in-law. I heard about the circumstances from Jan Veenstra who was recently with us. And later I also spoke with brother Jan and he gave me more exact details. When I comprehended it all, it pained me even more that I had not been there.

But that is past. I hope that you were comforted by God’s Word. There David says that it is lamp for my feet and a light on my path. And now it is our hope and our trust that that you will be able to hold fast to that Word. And that you may see beyond death and the grave to the blessed regions of eternity. We do not doubt that our dear departed one has obtained the victory. He is with his Savior of whom he often spoke. And whom he loved. And he held that before his children also. And he loved to hear about Him. And what remains now for the aged ones in this period in our lives is to hold fast to Him and tell about Him and look up to Him who said, where I am there also shall be those who are mine. He is near to all who seek him with a sincere heart.

The circumstances of life sometimes painful, but He gives strength to the weak and promises “I am with you always, until the end of the age”………………