Monday, February 22, 2010

Happy Anniversary! and a CD from N. Ireland...

If my parents were still alive, today would have been their 63rd Wedding Anniversary. Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad!

The weather had been so wonderful, yesterday. In fact, it got up to about the mid-40's F; I believe around 8 degrees C, or so. Sorry, but Windsor is a border city; I mainly watch the USA TV stations to hear the weather. Firstly, because our main Canadian station, CBC, makes a habit of periodically cancelling our local news and weather and also, because growing up with Farenheit, I can relate better.

The weather today was horrible. We endured a snowstorm throughout most of the day. It has currently stopped, but may freeze overnight into ice. I thank God that I didn't have to show property today, like I did on Friday!

In addition to doing my daily work from home, I was able to make dinner for my neighbour/friend K, who (as you know) is recovering from knee-replacement surgery. It's always nice to have a flexible schedule to be able to do things like this.

Today, in the mail, I received an envelope from a cousin of mine in N. Ireland, whose husband died January 8th, 2010. Apparently, P's husband M had a heart problem all his life that never seemed to bother him. However, on that day, he shoveled snow for his Mom, came indoors when he finished, sat down and died.

It was a terrible shock for my cousin P. Unfortunately, P & M never had children, so she is left alone, now. Except for her Mom and M's Mom, that is. Yes, we have other family in her area, who will support her. I'm glad, for she'll need the support. It's never easy losing a loved one, but when you lose your spouse, you lose part of yourself, for the Bible tells us that when we marry, we are no longer two people, but become one.

P, if you are reading my blog, please know that I pray for you. I've told you this by phone and will again write to you, shortly. Believe me, as widows, we need all the prayer we can receive. This is why God commanded believers to take care of widows and orphans.

The envelope I received from P, contained a copy of the 'Service of Thanksgiving' for the life of M, from M's funeral service, January 11th. In addition, there was a copy of a newspaper article regarding M's death and a CD of M's funeral service.

P had previously thanked me for sending a CD and a copy of Gordon's funeral service, plus other items to them, after Gordon's death. I was glad to have received the CD of M's funeral service, for it allowed me to feel like I had been part of his funeral service. Thank you P, for sending it, for I know it couldn't have been easy for you. I know how hard it was for me to do some of the things I needed to do, after Gordon's funeral. And, I'm still not finished.

While I have been feeling depressed, I know God has a plan for me. And, one for P, too. He alone knows the plans He has for us, to prosper us and not harm us, to give us hope and a future.

I was thankful to hear the minister speak/preach on Acts 16:31, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved". I praise God the minister gave a gospel message and spoke of the need for salvation, for not all ministers do. In fact, I gave a eulogy at one funeral, gave a gospel message and spoke about the need for salvation, for the minister had not, but rather, had been preaching a 'false' gospel message.

Not only was it heartwarming for me to hear good preaching, but I was glad to know that M was a believer and that God is important in my Irish family's lives.

I don't believe I've mentioned it before, Acts 16:31 is the very verse I had displayed on Gordon's and my gravemarker. Here are two photos: a close-up showing the verse, plus a photo of the whole gravemarker reading, "...Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved...Acts 16:31".

Until next time...