Too Soon to Say Good-bye
17 Oct 2016

Too Soon to Say Good-bye

It’s hard to say good-bye.  My 19-year-old cousin was in an accident Friday night and didn’t make it.  Or maybe I should say he made to to the ultimate destination, because I know he’s in heaven.  Praise God for His salvation!

He’s not the first our staff has lost recently at a very young age, and we’re all hurting a little.  We are thankful for each other and our customers who show us compassion and share in their joy even when it feels like a dark day to us.  We may be dragging a bit, tired from some sleepless nights and swollen from some cried-out eyes, but we love you and appreciate you.

God is faithful.  He is full of grace.  He holds us when we can’t hold ourselves.  For everything we experience, good and bad, He is there.

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-12

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.

What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.

I know that Evan lived a happy, good life.  He was warm and kind, talented and smart.  He genuinely cared about others and used the gifts God gave him.  His memory is a beautiful one we will not forget.

This is a time a mourning for us as we say good-bye.  A time to heal.  But I know that Evan had a time to dance, a time laugh, a time to embrace, and I am so thankful for that time we all got with him.  And I’m even more thankful that we will share eternity, unfathomable as it is, with him because of Christ.

Here is how I will remember Evan… Smiling with our family while he danced at my wedding.  Rest in peace and dance with Jesus, sweet cousin.

good-bye Evan

Faith, Hope & Love,


Johanna Powers


  1. Sara Green Says: October 17, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Deepest sympathy to you all! ((hugs))

  2. Janet Niebuhr Says: October 17, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Beautifully written Johanna. Evan will be missed. Taken too soon.

  3. Carol Uhlmann Says: October 17, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Such a beautiful tribute.

  4. Duronda and Larry Schlue Says: October 17, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Your words and scriptures were beautifully stated. The Niebuhr clan is huge. What faith the generations have shared with their offspring. We too pray God’s love surround Evan’s family. God bless you for writing your tribute.

  5. Anonymous Says: October 17, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Thank you, Johanna, for putting into words what is in our hearts in these beautiful words. Dear, sweet Evan – we have been so blessed to have him in our Ives and his loss is so hard. Aunt Sheryl

  6. Jonathan Offt Says: October 18, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    Thank you Jesus for Your eternal peace, comfort, and joy. “Because I live, you also will live!” John 14:19

  7. Thank you so much, Sara.

  8. Thanks, Janet. Very true. Hug those kiddos for me!

  9. Thanks for taking time to read it. Evan left the world more beautiful!

  10. Thank you, Duronda and Larry. It is truly a blessing to have the extended family and history we do. Our God is amazing!

  11. Love you, Aunt Sheryl. Can’t wait to give you a big hug!

  12. Amen! Thank you, Jonathan.