Another of my church friends climbed the stairway to heaven yesterday, leaving behind happy memories in the wake of grief. Joanne’s husband, daughters, family and friends will miss her smiling face and gentle ways for a long time to come but will take comfort in knowing that she will be as loved in heaven as she was here on earth.
Dying has to be one of life’s most grievous tasks, and yet, as we all know, it is inevitable.
May we all take consolation in knowing that this dear lady faced the end of life as she had always faced life itself, with grace, dignity and love.
Power is a powerful word…the very sound of it can sometimes evoke the feeling. Here are a few of many scriptures that give meaning to the word.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being…Ephesians 3:16
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
The leaves are turning yellow,
the grass with stunted growing,
is changing with the seasons,
no longer needing mowing.
Fall is falling into place
awaiting winter’s cold,
spring and summer…come and gone
like winter’s transient snow.
And life goes on…
or sometimes doesn’t;
does it really matter what was…
or what wasn’t?
What matters most is that we know
how much to love, how deep to grow;
just a few of many reasons
to appreciate life’s changing seasons.
If you are in the spring of life
or summer’s slowing pace
be prepared for autumn
to usher winter’s grace.
Though leaves are turning yellow,
And grass is withering,
summer, fall and winter await the birth of spring.