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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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Bob & Barb Baker
By Bob & Barb Baker
Justin---Didn't know your Dad all that well, but so enjoyed his updates and the positive "spin" he shared with us in spite of all that he was going through!! His humor was amazing, but especially the way he related the spiritual aspect of his daily struggles had such an impact. He had such a special gift of communicating in ways that most of us may not even have considered when it comes to trials this side of "Glory"! God's best to you and your family.
James Carl
By Jim & Cathy Carl
Justin, thank you for informing us of Cecil's relocation to heaven. Great news for him; he is whole once again. Sad news for those of us who were blessed to be family members or friends. He will be sorely missed.
Walt Timm
By Walt Timm — last edited
Justin...met you when you were just a young lad, in Des Moines. Believe you were living in Van Meter.You've read all the posts and greetings from the relatives and friends of your dad, so I can't tell you anything you don't already know, other than I've lost a great friend.

Cecil did a song, Letter From Home for me that we were hoping to tie in with the war in Afghanistan but fortunately, the troops began coming home before we were able to get it released. Some other star, Michael something-or-other, the fella with the glove, was ahead of us in the recording process and due to a mechanical problem and we had to wait and wait in line...so be it.

The Lord's richest blessings to you, Justin, as you mourn your father's death but as you celebrate with all of us who knew him, his new and final home, in heaven.Take care and God bless.....
JoAnn Catalano
By JoAnn Catalano
I am truly sorry to hear of Cecil's passing. As many who followed him, I never met him. He was truly an inspiration to many. May he now be forever in the arms of God! He was His Faithful servant. God Bless your family today and in the days ahead.
Norma Olcott
By Norma Olcott
I never met your father but I loved his program during the dinner hour as he was so inspiring and the program helped ground me after a day at work. I followed his journal and came to "know" him more, and of his great love for Jesus through his entries and courage. All God's blessings and love as you celebrate a life well lived...a good and faithful servant. We grieve with you, for this world has lost a great man
Sandie Wilson
By Sandie Wilson
Thank you for the update. As my husband is a heart patient, I've always read your father's posts with special interest. My deepest sympathy to you and your entire family.
Debbi Tally
By Debbi Tally
Cecil was special to so many people. He will be missed.
Deborah Gehret
By Deborah
Thank you Justin. May Father's loving comfort and peace be upon you and yours in the days and weeks to come.
Mary Latona
By Mary Latona
I will always appreciate how Cecil helped me to get my song "Who Needs To Know?" on Family Life years ago. He was so helpful to a "first time songwriter" and he even encouraged me to make a video of it. He was instrumental to me having the confidence to start a media ministry www.whoneedshislove.com from which I enjoy sharing the love of Jesus. Yes, Cecil is now with Jesus, and very soon we will be reunited with him when that trumpet calls in the twinkling of an eye, and we will finally meet Jesus face to face! Hallelujah!!
Barbara DeMatteis
By Barbara DeMatteis
I am so sorry for your loss. I always looked forward to his posts and perspective on life and his love for our Lord. Blessed to have known him through his time with FLN.