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.
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