Wednesday, June 23, 2010

How are you?

Keep thinking about you today... wondering if you're okay.

Saw the message left by your friend saying not to leave messages on your FB wall and to respect your right to grieve privately. Understand... won't bother you.

You know how I remember you? As this really spunky, brave, bold, bright gal who is a natural leader... and somehow I always associate you with sunshine! I think you would be surprised since you described yourself as someone with a naturally, turning-down mouth.

I've never seen you cry before... at the recent funeral was the first time I've ever seen you cry... And my heart aches for you...

There are a hundred, well-meant platitudes that can be said, but I don't know which to grasp that will make a difference. All the Bible verses in the world, and I don't know which you need to hear. Yes, you have the assurance she is in Heaven, but does that make a difference when you miss her today?

I guess all I can do or say at this moment is, I'm praying for you...

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Grieve gently...

That was such a beautiful phrase I read in a book... 'grieve gently'.

Within one week, I attended two funerals... one, my cousin-in-law's dad. Another, which was more shocking, a friend's mom. Shocking, because my friend is like... mid-twenties at most? So, so too young to lose a mom...

Funerals make you sad and cry even when you don't know the people involved... and I actually never met either of these parents who passed away! I just knew their beautiful children and from them, I could see, the parents must be beautiful too... because there is so much love abounding in the family and because the children reflected the lovely facets of the parents.

Sigh... it is so sad to see the children cry... I thank God they have the wonderful reassurance that their parents are in Heaven with Jesus. What a wonderful promise we have in God... that when we die, we'll go to Heaven and Jesus promised, "I go to prepare a place for you. In My Father's house, there are many mansions."

I think it's just the knowledge that we WILL meet again that means so much....

Monday, June 7, 2010

Jer 29:13

11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile."

This week is a time of coming away to be with the Lord, to listen to His whispers in the secret place, to receive the outpouring of His radiance, to worship Him in the Holy of Holies.