Friday, March 08, 2013

not in despair

Tim, sometime around 198?

Today marks ten years since my family experienced the loss of my youngest brother. Ten years ago, Shane and I were still in the first year of our marriage, expecting our first baby and also our first nephew.

Up to that point, I had experienced very little in the way of grief and sorrow. Yes, I had known family, friends and acquaintances who had died, some young and very unexpectedly, some older and more expectantly, but none that had brought shock and sorrow such as this.

Now in the subsequent years, I have lost my dear friend, Euri and our mutual dear friend's baby girl, Erica Faith and have grieved with another very dear friend over the loss of her beautiful mother. The list could go on.

Grief and sorrow are no longer strangers, but companions that walk along the way. Blurry tears and lumpy throats come unbidden at times, wondering what life would be like without these moments. But there is thankfulness for parents, family and friends who do not give into despair, but clearly point to the One who gives the strength to continue life's journey and who say with the apostle Paul:
...we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed but not in despair. ~ 2 Cor. 4:7,8

I continue to pray for you, my dear friends and family who know such grief and sorrow. May you know His comfort and be encouraged to know that you are not alone, not ever. You are not forgotten and are loved beyond words.

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  1. O my sweet friend.. How I love you!! It inside this pains that we see God's mercies. I am thankful for your life! Love you!

  2. Thinking and praying for you today. Love you and am so thankful for you and to the Lord for the reminders of how brief life on earth is and how long eternity is.


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