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There were laughs and there were tears at the National Cathedral funeral for former President George H.W. Bush. One particularly emotional moment for his son, former President George W. Bush, was when granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager gave a Bible reading.
“A reading from Revelation to St. John,” she began as she stood in front of the audience. “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away and the sea was no more.”
“And I saw the holy city, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,” she continued, quoting the New Revised Standard version, “prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”
The growing emotion was already evident on his dad’s face as she read, “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be His peoples, and God himself will be with them.’”
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away,” Hager continued.
Skipping ahead a verse, she said, “Then He said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.’”
Her dad’s face radiated with sorrow but hope as she spoke.
“Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children,” Hager continued before jumping to the end of the chapter. “And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb.”
“The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. Its gates will never be shut by day — and there will be no night there,” she concluded.
As she walked by the flag-draped casket of her grandfather, she laid her hand on it.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) December 5, 2018
A couple days earlier, Hager shared a final note she wrote in response to her to the death of her “Gampy.”
A beautiful and touching tribute. https://t.co/8k2ybZbA3h
— Michaela Johnson (@Michaela_J_) December 3, 2018
She penned, “Waking up missing this giant of a man who gave me everything. He taught me and my family about service, family, decency, the power of gentle words and a beautiful heart. I will miss him desperately but so happy he and my grandmother are back together.”