Friday, October 23, 2009

where the road meets the sun

Last Sunday, David's Aunt Joanne passed away from a 20 year on again/off again battle with cancer. At her memorial service today, there were several powerful moments. The morning burial at the gravesite with family filled with prayer and reading Bible passages out loud while also being enveloped in the comfort of the warm sunbeams. Walking around the cemetery with Karis and Hope, Joanne's young granddaughters, as they commented on all the pretty flowers they saw. Listening to an amazing live version of "That Old Rugged Cross" sung during the public service. Hearing an uplifting and thought-provoking message from Joanne's son-in-law about her reality of being in a 'better place' ---rejoicing in heaven at the feet of Jesus--- being biblical truth, not just wishful thinking. Spending quality, blessed time with Joanne's family; her husband Wade, her daughters Katie and Barbara, and all the rest of David's extended family. It was a day of mourning a family's loss and a day of hope due to heaven's gain. Two verses to ponder:

"It is better to go to a house of mourning
than to go to a house of feasting,
for death is the destiny of everyone;
the living should take this to heart. "
~Ecclesiastes 7:2

"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful."
~Hebrews 10:23