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Cecil’s Story

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.  I do not see the road ahead of me.  I cannot know for certain where it will end.  Therefore will I trust you always.  Though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death I will not fear for you are ever with me and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.  (Thomas Merton)

If you scroll back to the first journal entry it gives the backstory of how this adventure began.

Latest Journal Update

March 31, 2015

Dear Friends,

Cecil went home to be with his Lord on March 31, 2015. He fought a courageous battle over the last 6 years.  Throughout this time and during his entire life Cecil used his many talents to minister to those near and far.  Just like his journal entries Cecil brought a truly unique perspective to life.  We were all privileged to be a part of his life and share in his experiences and thoughts.  Cecil was truly one of a kind and will be dearly missed.  He is home now, in a much better place, free from physical pain and rejoicing this Easter season.  While we will selfishly miss him here, he had a higher calling.  The Lord wanted him to come home.  Cecil's spirit will live on with the countless people he touched over his life.  He will be remembered as a true believer, a tremendous man, a loving husband, father, and grandfather. 

Cecil's life will be celebrated Monday April 6th, at 11:00 a.m. at St. James Episcopal Church in Hammondsport, NY. 

With Love,

Cecil's Son - Justin Van Houten

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Jack Hager
By Jack Hager — last edited
What a joy and privilege it was to know Cecil during his earthly glad I got to see him for a while last summer...and blessed to know I'll see him again
Debra Zurenda~Ackley
By Debra Ackley
It is not selfish to miss him. God knows and tells us to do so <3 A time to grieve. Prayers for your family as you enter this season.