Wednesday, January 5, 2011

A Heavy Heart

It is with a heavy heart that I sit at my computer tonight.  Bad news abounds.  Stress builds.  What a way to start a new year.  One of my second grade student's father passed away yesterday morning after a lengthy illness.  My little Raymond has been so brave and matter of fact.  His dad was a fine man, and a faithful, devout Christian.  They were honest with Little Raymond - he's known since Thanksgiving that his daddy wasn't going to get well.  Brave through it all.  My heart breaks for him - so little to lose your daddy.

Another fine Christian lady in our congregation is close to death.  The family has gathered.  She's lived almost 88 years. 

Allan's great-aunt Elsie went to be with Jesus today.  He's honored to participate in her funeral service.  Another fine, faithful Christian woman.  So many loved ones gathered into Jesus' arms.

Stress abounds:  dealing with and talking to the students about their classmate's father's passing;  watching someone you care about struggle to breathe and communicate; wondering how to get to a funeral 8 hours away and back all in one day?  Plus, Jacob has surgery to remove his wisdom teeth on Friday...sigh.  Pray continually, take things one moment at a time, pray continually...

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