A few random thoughts… and a note about dad from my mum

 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

John 14:27
– David Maul, 2022

Today I have a few followup thoughts. Thoughts legion and random and overlapping and more. They will probably trickle out piecemeal over the next few days.

First, the onslaught of flowers has already begun! People are so kind and generous. Fresh flowers really do an amazing job of brightening and lightening the mood, and elevating the entire space. Thanks, good people.

Here is the note my mother has asked me to send out:

I want all our friends and family to know that:-
God took my dear husband David to Heaven yesterday morning!
I thank God for these past years that we have enjoyed together!
I look forward to meeting him again when I also leave this life!
Thank you for your prayers.
Grace Maul

Tuesday morning we met with the funeral director, and then with Marguerite (the interim pastor at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church), along with Bob Beichner, who will be preaching Sunday afternoon. It was a beautiful opportunity to share stories and scriptures and love and ideas and more.

We have settled on 3:00 Sunday afternoon for dad’s memorial service, at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church, with a light reception following. We have such good people involved with every aspect of this process.

– David and Grace, circa 1989

I am even going to say something – or at least try to – myself.

If you are wondering, my heart is fine; I am honestly pleased for dad, and most especially that this particularly difficult phase of his journey is now over. What’s kicking my derrière is all the details. I understand that this is going to be all-consuming for the immediate future. God save us all from logistics!

Moving forward I have quite a lot to talk about, especially my dad’s character, and how I believe he held the key to the solution this world needs so very badly.

Peace and more peace – DEREK


  1. Dearest sympathies, we hope to be there Sunday for the service/reception. Oddly I had never seen this picture of your Mum and Dad, it’s amazing how much you favor your Mum.

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  2. So sorry to hear that David passed away on Monday. I enjoyed the time I spent with him and especially with Grace on my last visit to Wake Forest. Her note says it all. The reunion in heaven will be awesome. Reed and I plan on attending the service on Sunday. See you soon.

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