I Celebrate Life

May 26, 2008 at 6:09 pm 2 comments

There are a few blogs making me cherish my loved ones these days:

John Dobbs pastor and blogging friend of a friend lost his Senior, a son, to a vehicular accident just days before his graduation day.  Pray for this sweet and grieving family.

Southeast Country Wife started blogging to document her wedding.  Just ten weeks later, her husband died in a freak boating accident.   She now wrestles with God there.  Like Jacob, she’ll doubt she’ll come out limping with a broken hip, but may she know God was there.  I’ve not commentee much because I simply can’t.  But, it has stirred a spirit of thanksgiving in me afresh. 

Of course, we all know of Steven Curtis Chapman’s loss.  To have a daughter give a wedding announcement, two hours later have a son accidentally run over your youngest adopted daughter, then a senior’s graduation that night?  Who can process all that?  There are websites and tributes set up to send prayers and thoughts of love to them, but I cannot even bring myself to link up at the moment. 

Lord, you make me thankful.  You teach me to celebrate and not grieve the passing of time until I really have to.   



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  • 1. Cindy  |  May 26, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    God’s mercy endures forever.

  • 2. Sarah  |  June 1, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    That’s interesting that you referred to John Dobbs. He and Jeff know each other through blog circles, I believe, and now he is preaching in Jeff’s hometown in Monroe. That was a tragic accident…..along with the others that you mention. I read all of the southeast wife’s blog (funny how I had a different “southeast” location in mind, like Georgia maybe?? haha) and I have been a little consumed with the SCC accident. I have watched almost every youtube video on Maria that is on there and have been listening to his music. He replaced Kari Jobe!! I hope the son gets the healing he needs to make it. I think of them almost every time I back up whether or not the kids are in the van with me. It could happen SO easily to any of us.

    Hey, and good luck on your appt! I have been out of the loop on your life with us moving and everything, but the kids and I will be in KY next week! I am super excited about it.

    Take care and I’m looking forward to seeing you.

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