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Monday, December 13, 2010

First Christmas Without Them?

The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.I will call upon the Lord who is worthy to be praised!
I taught this passage  to my children when they were just toddlers by making a song of it.I remember seeing them whirl around the room while we sang it.(Sort of Hebrew fashion dancing,maybe?) I knew that having my children learning scriptures was important ,because they are  "a comfort to recall when your back is against the wall." This is also my signature on my email.
Today, I'm going to a funeral .My cousin Neva became a widow suddenly and unexpectedly. Her husband of nearly 50 years was a devout servant of the Lord,well known and respected in his church and community.This is his homegoing memorial service.  I pray the many scriptures of comfort she has learned through the years will flood her heart today ,and comfort her.
........and what about you and me? How many of us have lost loved ones this year? My family has.How many of us will go through that first December without them? I know some of my blog friends,forum friends, and even my son-in-law will have to face this in their own way. I have found that the best way is to lean on your ROCK. In this world, my two brothers have become My rock to lean on,since Daddy is gone and I am single. I know I can drive just a few miles down the road, and brother number one will be ready to talk me through a problem,fix my leaky faucet, or whatever. Brother number two is 30 minutes away and is always willing to help me .All I have to do is ask. I call them "my rock". I feel reassured that they are just a phone call away.(My son lives in FL, and my daughter in AL, so not available...)
But they know I am speaking of earthly things. My REAL Rock is Jesus. No matter how large or how small, I can take my burdens to Him. He is just as close as the saying of His name!
As I am somewhat heavy myself, because my children and grandchildren are far away , I can only imagine how some of you in blog land must be feeling this Christmas season.You have had to say goodbye(for now)to a loved one.At least,though so far away, my children and grandchildren are still with me.
I have gone to too many funerals this year. It is heartbreaking to know that those I loved will be even more sadly missed by their children and parents.Please know that my heart goes out to the mom of Jake, and what Toodie is going through, and others. I will be praying, as will others that as you lean on the ROCK, you will find comfort.
If you would like to leave the name of your loved one who is no more with you, feel free to do so.Your blogger friends DO care.


  1. Jackie, just a few minutes ago ~ I remembered a family who must be hurting at the moment. Their middle aged daughter went to be with the Lord this year, her very young son & husband I am sure are hurting also. Thanks for reminding us to reach out to those who are hurting this time of year.
    (in response to your comment @ my place, yes it is not far from our family who lives there)

  2. My mom died Aug 6, 2009, but it's like yesterday. I am the last of my family now.
    This year, 2010, I lost 3 of my best friends in the course of 6 months, Andrea, Terry, and Curtis. Than my neighbor across the street died unexpectedly 2 months ago. Whew, what a year. You are right when you say we do have a Rock and I know this to be true, but Jackie, I find it still very hard because I miss them terribly every single day. Well, it will get better in time, and I do have wonderful friends and neighbors close by that I see all the time, so I am still very lucky. I'm sorry, Jackie, this is still a rather emotional subject for me, so I'm going to stop here...but thank you for caring, and I mean that :) XOXOXO

  3. Jackie, I am so glad the Lord is our Rock and Refuge. It was so good to hear from you. It seems there is so much sadness around Christmas when someone loses a loved one. I know first hand. In 1988 my Dad was murdered on Dec. 23rd. We buried him Christmas Day. Lat year we lost Mom, plus my husband's sister. Several other family members in the same year. Like you said _ too many funerals. But 2010 was a pretty good year and we thank the Lord for that.

    I have been pretty busy. Hopefully, I can get back to blogging regular after the holidays.
    I will be back to visit. Have a good and blessed day.

  4. You are so right. Our blogger friends do care. My husband died in December 4 years ago and they were my rock along with Jesus.
    I am so sorry that your cousin lost her husband. 50 years together, she has to remember the happy times.

  5. Thanks for being such a dear and caring person, Jackie...
    God Bless.


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