I had planned to post a different blog this morning. It was delayed due to a computer scan that cleaned my laptop of an invasive troll I unwittingly loaded this week.
In the meantime, I received word through my cousin Cathy that her father, my Uncle David, had passed away due to an aggressive form of cancer that advanced quickly.
I have a rich Christian heritage, and my family is very close knit. Twice this year I celebrated with many of them at two weddings. My oldest brother’s son, Nathan, wed Ashlee, in August; and the 2nd wedding, October 1st, my 1st cousin’s son, Jordan, married his sweetheart Renae. I was seated at the table with my Aunt Catherine and Uncle David, and my mother’s other sister, Donna. Precious times.
My cousin and I (side by side in the photo here) talked almost two hours this morning. We cried—a lot. But we also laughed and reminisced. We are very grateful for the godly example our grandparents and parents lived before us. We spoke about the comfort in trusting your loved one is headed to meet their savior face to face. And, we sang to one another. It’s something we have always shared over the phone. She has a gift, and me—I make a joyful noise. But because we share the same DNA, we harmonize pretty well. We sang a bit of this hymn and that one, and even mentioned a newer contemporary song. Words inspired writers penned long ago, that hold eternal significance and special meaning to us now.
Beth Moore once said (paraphrased here); “The reason we feel such profound loss when we stand next to a departed loved one is because we were meant for eternity”.
That resonates with me. Goodbyes are painful. Though my Uncle David was a living example of a joy filled spirit with a servant’s heart, his loss is felt greatly.
Yet, ‘we serve a risen savior, he’s in the world today, I know that he is living, whatever men may say. I see his hand of mercy, I hear his voice of cheer, and just the time I need him, he’s always near’. He Lives, by Alfred Ackley
A few more songs came to mind even after we spoke. I have listed a few here. May they be a healing balm to any personal loss, wounds, or disappointments you might be experiencing now.
God Will Take Care of You by C. D. and W. Stillman Martin sung here by The Heritage Singers
This World is Not My Home sung here by the author, Jim Reeves
“How marvelous! How wonderful! And my song shall ever be: How marvelous! How Wonderful! Is my Saviour’s love for me!
My Saviour’s Love by Charles H. Gabriel Sung here by The Gaither Band
God works all things together for the good. To God Be The Glory sung here by Nicole C. Mullen
Amazing Grace by John Newton sung here by Chris Tomlin