Monday, November 19, 2012

thankful {day 19...in the midst of grief}

I was preparing another thankful post for today, but it needs to wait.  Today became a day that will be etched in our hearts & minds forever.

Today, my beautiful, ornery, loving father-in-law left this earth.

This is a day it is hard to feel thankful, but these things I know & pray they are the things that bring comfort in days to come:

I am thankful to have called this man family.

I am thankful for the example he gave for loving others, & the legacy he has left in the way his children & grandchildren seek to love others.

I am thankful that many family members, including our older children, had the opportunity to be together with him to say goodbye.

I am thankful that I "listened" to the inner voice that nudged me to drop in yesterday on my way home from being out of town.  I am so, so, so thankful that I told him I loved him.

I am thankful that he is no longer struggling to breathe.

I am thankful that he loved the Lord.

While it is hard to feel thankful in the midst of grief, I am thankful for these things.  I can only hope at the end of my days, there are those that are thankful that I have lived & impacted their lives the way he has done for so many.

His lord said unto him, "Well done, good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will set thee over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy lord."

~ Matthew 25:21

I would be blessed by your prayers for our family as we travel this unfamiliar road in the days ahead.

2 comments:

Mama Ds Dozen said...

Will be praying for your family. My dad's wife (they've been married 14 years) will probably be leaving this earth in the next day or so. Grief will come . . . yet we are blessed to know that she will be awaiting us in heaven.

:) :) :)

connie said...

Dardi, I'm so sorry for your loss. May God's peace flood you in the days to come, especially knowing that your father-in-law is healed!