Sadly, another one of our church members has died after a very long illness.
It never ceases to amaze me how these dear people deal with end of life issues when they get their prognosis.
Diana told me, “I am supposed to be dying but I don’t know what dying feels like.”
Recently Sue told one of our Pastors that she realized that she had to wait in line in order to “go home!”
These ladies have been an inspiration to many, many people as they courageously met life’s final task of dying.
We will miss their courage and inspiring ways along with their presence in our midst over years gone by and in years to come.
It will always stay with me how, after living full, rich lives, the way that both of these ladies accepted their end days and their final accomplishment was dying with dignity.
When it’s hard to be happy while living with chronic pain or receiving sad news, God offers this:
“I will strengthen you, I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
September 11, 2001. Who can ever forget that fateful day when the twin towers fell in New York City due to a terrorist attack at 8:46 a.m. One of my grandsons had his eighteenth birthday that day and said his birthday would never be the same again. I was reading a passage in scripture this morning, Isaiah 30:25 “In the day of great slaughter, when the towers fall…” This had nothing to do with 9/11…or did it?
One of my favorite poets, Kahlil Gibran, (1883-1931) author of The Prophet, penned the following:
“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”
This is such a profound truth that it gave me almost instant relief from a sadness I was experiencing, because it made so much sense.
I believe I have posted a couple of Gibran’s quotes at one time or another and will do so again in the next day or two.
How many times do we see something that reminds us of something else and it can make us feel sad or glad. This picture reminds me of Psalm 121 “I will lift up my eyes unto the hills..” It makes me feel glad and is a subtle reminder to always look up. Happy Sunday.
Poetry is another pleasant pastime of mine. It’s been quite a while since my poetry muse has paid me a visit but yesterday she came along and told me to write about the sunshine in my heart. And so I did.
SUNSHINE IN MY HEART
Though the day be dull and dreary
There is sunshine in my heart
Though I’m sometimes weak and weary
There is sunshine in my heart
When the world seems so unfair
With sadness everywhere
With families torn apart
There’s no sunshine in my heart.
When someone says, “I love you tons”
I have sunshine in my heart
When healing hugs replace doldrums
I have sunshine in my heart
When people care and show compassion
When coldness is replaced with passion
When these give life a brand new start
Again, there’s sunshine in my heart.
Unfortunate but true, isn’t it? If we want to have the rainbow, we have to deal with the rain…and so many of us do. It’s not just those dreary rainy days that nature feeds its own, but the sadness that grips us when life feeds us our share of tragedy. Still, we must look for that rainbow, otherwise we will never experience the goodness of life that lingers on. Wishing you rainbows this Saturday.
It’s been a year since our last virtual coffee date and it’s time to catch up. Upon meeting I will still ask, “What’s new and interesting in your life?” Perhaps you will say, “Nothing, really.” But we both know that’s not true. Much has happened in the past year…you just need a moment of recall. Oh, yes! You met someone to share your life with; the relationship is getting serious and you are very happy. And I’m very happy for you.
You are slowly being healed of that debilitating health problem that has plagued you for so long…the one you asked for prayer for. The best part about being sick is getting better.
Your life became a little fuller when you discovered you were unexpectedly expecting a brand new little person to join your family; the family you thought was complete but God knew better. Congratulations!
You have read several good books within the year and can’t wait to share them with me because you know how much I like to read. I can’t wait to dig into them.
You had a heart attack? Oh, no! Ah, but you are on the mend and have changed you lifestyle to add many more years to your life. That’s what I like to hear.
Your marriage came to an end after twenty years and you are trying to pick up the pieces. It’s very difficult but you are determined to put your life on track again, and have learned something about yourself. Good for you!
You had a marvelous spiritual experience a few months back? Oh, wow, I can’t wait to hear all about it.
Well, it’s been nice catching up with all of you. We must do this again…I love coffee and conversation. Tea is good too.
What’s new with me? Nothing, really.
Well, he is just like us…or rather we are like him…in the following ways:
He experienced sadness: Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death…” Matthew 26:38 NIV
He experienced anger: Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them…Exodus 32:10
He experienced frustration: Jesus replied, “You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don’t understand these things?” John 3:10 NLT
He experienced disappointment: Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. Matthew 26:40 NIV
He experienced jealousy: for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God…Deuteronomy 5:9 NIV
He experienced love: “…As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34 NIV
Now, here is Genesis 1:26: Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness…” which takes us back to the opening sentence.
But like I said in Friday’s blog, we humans began to mess up on earth and God was sorry he had made us…just look at this statement:
The LORD regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. Genesis 6:6 NIV
But the Good News is this: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16