Friday, January 30, 2009

A prayer request

Please, if you could, will you join me in prayer for the departed soul of Darren's grandpa? He passed away rather quickly and unexpectedly last night. We received word late yesterday afternoon that the end was likely near, and by bedtime, he was gone. I thought it strange, for a while, that for the entire evening I had this vaguely familiar sensation of expectant anticipation, but then I realized that the feeling I had was uncannily similar to that which I've experienced in the past, while waiting for the news of birth when family and friends have been in labor. It was when Darren's dad called to tell us of the passing that I finally understood: I had, in a sense, been waiting for news of a birth. One from this life into the next, for in dying we are born to eternal life. But while the thought of that peace is a source of great comfort, I know that he will be terribly missed by those on this earth who still love him very much. "What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us." (Helen Keller)

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.
And may perpetual light shine upon him.


Shannon said...

beautiful reflection, Melissa.
Prayers, of course!

Kathyb1960 said...

Oh, I'm sorry he's gone, but just think! He closed his eyes on this earth, but when he opened his eyes, there was Jesus! Ooooo! Gives you glory bumps to think about it!

I pray that God will comfort you and your husband and family during this time, and may Jesus comfort you.

Kathyb1960 said...

OOps, that was supposed to say..

May Jesus surround you in His loving arms.

Michelle said...

I'm sorry to hear for your loss and would be happy to pray.

Jennifer said...

I'm so sorry Melissa and Darren - you are in our prayers.