Let me answer the question on all of your minds. Yes, the weekly Life Lessons email will continue. This email has been the thread that wove Dawson’s life with ours. We’ve laughed, cried, and cheered with the McAllister family. We’ve prayed intensely for Fulton’s healing and praised the Lord for the victories. And his life lessons always seemed to apply to us as well.
Nothing can replace Dawson’s intimate stories about him and Fulton, but we can continue to celebrate and honor his life, his family, Fulton, and the ministry that was his life’s work.
Dawson’s wife Ruth Hill provided the following update on Fulton. The day after Dawson’s passing, Friday, December 18th, Ruth Hill, Gene and Addison received special permission to visit with Fulton in-person at the nursing home. This was a big deal. It was the first face-to-face visit, they had with Fulton since COVID-19 restrictions were put in place 8 months earlier.
The first few moments with Fulton were priceless. They were able to meet with him in a room full of family memories. A room where there had been birthday parties, holiday get-togethers, and other family celebrations held so Fulton could be a part of the festivities. Fulton was genuinely happy to see each of them and looked eagerly from Ruth Hill to Gene to Addison, taking in each face and expression. There were tears coming down his cheeks at seeing his family…possibly from joy at being with his family after such a length of time or maybe from knowing there was more to the visit. After a few moments of joy and reunion, they had the difficult task of sharing the news of Dawson’s passing with Fulton. He seemed to take it in stride and indicated he understood.
They played Dawson’s celebration of life service and Fulton was very engaged. He laughed during the funny stories about his father, and especially loved when his own name was mentioned, giving a thumbs up each time.
Since then, his nurses have told Ruth Hill that he is clearly grieving. Please continue your prayers for Fulton, Ruth Hill, Addison, and Gene and the rest of the McAllister family. It’s been a great loss to them and to us all, but praise the Lord, Dawson’s received the biggest promotion of his life and is in eternity with Jesus!
Next week, Life Lessons will be authored by Ruth Hill as she shares her last visit with Dawson right before surgery and the details surrounding his passing.
Tim and TheHopeLine Staff