Monday, May 7, 2012

Rest in Peace Bernie

Rest in peace, Bernie.
Psalm 91:4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

My husband's father died last week after a heart-wrenching, two-year battle with lung cancer. As we honor and celebrate his life this week, it is also a reminder of how truly short this life on earth is - but also a reminder of our eternal life waiting for us on "the other side". Having gone through an incredible time of suffering myself during my postpartum time, I am so moved how the Lord moved me through that crisis of faith, renewing and strengthening me in a way I never imagined.

It is very timely that we are going through the book of Job with our church right now. We had a powerful church service reminding us how our suffering and trials can lead us closer to the Lord. I will never forget Bernie's loving sacrifice of putting everything else on hold while he and Judy helped and cared for J while I was debilitated in that time after J was born. He devoted himself to doing everything possible to help care for J and see that I got back on my feet. We will treasure the little toys he made for J with his woodworking skills, like the Climbing Bear from this Post.

It is always sad to lose someone you love, and yet it's also a powerful time for reflection.

I want to share a video of a song that is one of my favorites, If You Want Me To by Ginny Owens. The words are incredibly powerful, and speak to the suffering we each have to endure as we go through this life. She sings, "But you never said it would be easy ... you only said I'd never go alone". Amen that He never leaves us or forsakes us. I hope this song touches your heart.

Thank you for visiting today.


MaryAnne K said...

I am so sorry. He sounds like a wonderful person.

Lovin' Life said...

So sorry to hear about that.
So sad.

Tracey M. said...

MaryAnn and LovinLife - You kind words are appreciated so much.

Michelle said...

Sorry to hear of your loss.

tea said...

I'm sorry, Tracey. Such a comfort knowing he is with the Lord, but still so difficult to lose someone you love. Love to you♥

Tracey M. said...

Michelle and Tea - Thank you for your thoughtful words.

Emily Cook said...

prayers for you as you grieve. It will not always be this way! Soon He will wipe every tear from our eyes!
May Jesus hold you close until that day!

Emily Cook said...

PS: thoughts of comfort for you..

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