Thursday, December 16, 2010

Where Joy & Sorrow Meet




My heartfelt thanks to the many of you that have offered condolences this week. Your emails, Facebook comments, and comments on my blog last week have conspired to encourage & comfort. I am deeply grateful.

For those who may not know, a beloved family member has bid us farewell. My oldest sister, Dolores, released her husband of 55 years, John, to move heavenward.

Today John will be buried.

Our family has gathered often these last days. Some have focused on funeral preparations; others to come alongside Dolores to help with the details that accompany the wrap on a person's earthly life; yet others to cook; and everyone to provide hugs & comfort. I dare say the family has demonstrated a bold bond that is, in itself, of great comfort. John is honored, and the Father more so.

The young ones have found this to be a particularly painful road. Death is no friend, as we all know; and it's bitter tenacity has a way of confounding the unseasoned (and often the seasoned as well). Thank God there is a place where glory remains; on the course Where Joy & Sorrow Meet.

Thank you again, good friends. I'll be back to visit your blog homes again soon.

14 comments:

LisaShaw said...

Amen Kathleen...thank GOD indeed that there is a place where "glory remains on the course where Joy & Sorrow meet"! Precious friend, you and your family remain in my prayers.

Love you.

Loren said...

Kathleen,

What a beautiful song. Your words touch me so deeply. I know you must be such a gift to all of those around you in this difficult time and especially to those who are struggling. Once again, your godly example brings glory as your mourn with those who are mourning and share your compassion with all those around you.
Bless you and yours on this most difficult of days. May the Lord hold each one of you and bring Comfort as only HE can.

Love you.

Kay said...

Such beautiful words on such a hard day! Joy and sorrow meet often in this life, I'm afraid. Hugs and prayers to you today and the days to come.

RCUBEs said...

Yes, glory be to God for the hope believers have in Him. May His comfort and strength continue to cover you all. Blessings to you sister and Merry Christmas.

Bobbi said...

May God's peace be with your family in this time of sadness. This was a beautiful post... God bless...

Diana said...

Hugs and prayers to you today! May everyone feel God's arms of love holding tightly.

Sonja said...

I'm praying for all of you today. It is no accident that you have moved out there, for so many reasons, today being one I'm sure.

Oh how well you said it here, about death... repeating for my own heart...

it's bitter tenacity has a way of confounding the unseasoned (and often the seasoned as well). Thank God there is a place where glory remains; on the course Where Joy & Sorrow Meet.

The place where glory remains... those words are 'keepers' for me!

Blessings and peace for each of you, today and in the days ahead.

Grace on the Narrow Path said...

Joy and sorrow meet . . . been there . . . prayers are with you and your sister.
Blessings,
Bren

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

So sorry for your loss, Praise God for the comfort He gives and what a comfort to know the love one is with the Lord. I lift her up in prayer...knowing that after 55 years of union walking without him will be hard. Prayers for you all.

KelliGirl said...

Kathleen,
I'm so sorry for your loss. Your brother-in-law left a legacy of a life well lived and well loved. Sometimes we're blessed to know and love people who rise above...and take us with them. It sounds like John was surely one of them.

Sending you blessings and prayers,
Kelli

Aliene said...

Sorry for your family's loss but we can have the hope that another day is coming that we will never say good bye again. What a day that will be. Praying!

Debbie said...

So sorry to hear of your loss. I've been praying for you all and will continue today for sure. HUGS, Debbie

Terri Tiffany said...

In all this sorry, it is still a joy to see you and your family come together the way you all have. Blessings to all of you.

Jackie said...

Kathleen, so sorry to her of your loss. May the God of all comforts surround your family with His tender care.

Praying for you and yours...
Jackie