Friday, April 29, 2016

Strength...

If you read Life with Lynnie (LwL) recently, you'll know that I attended a funeral/memorial service for my friend, P's son, M.

P's husband was not well enough to attend his son's funeral/memorial service.  And, he died three (3) days, later.

This past Tuesday, April 26, 2016, I attended my friend P's husband K's funeral/memorial service.

There was a huge number of people who attended P's son M's funeral/memorial service, as I mentioned when I discussed it, here on LwL.  But, it wasn't the same for P's husband, K's funeral/memorial service.

In fact, I was the only friend who was allowed to attend K's funeral/memorial service, other than family members.

To me, it was very supportive that all the family members attended the service. 

Even so, I felt truly sad for my friend, P.  After all, it's not easy having your son die.  But, to have your husband die within a few days afterwards, is difficult.  So very difficult that I am surprised P could deal with it.

Before the service, P and I spoke by phone several times, and I visited with her.  I found myself crying for her, for I felt broken-hearted... for her. :'(

During the service, I was asked if I wanted to speak and say anything.  I did a few words, in support of K and P. 

Then, I sang.

Afterwards, I gave a few more words, mentioning our Lord.

I praise God for helping me to be supportive during the service that was small in size, and in time.  I praised Him for providing time for me to sing.  I must admit, I truly had hoped to do that.

I also praised Him for helping my friend, P... and her family members.

There seemed to be only a few tears.  I believe this was mainly due to the shock my friend P and her family, were experiencing.

Thinking about the severity of the grief they were experiencing, along with the shock, made me feel a lot of sadness, for everyone.

However, I was grateful that God gave my friend, P... her family... and me, the strength to deal with what was necessary to happen, at the funeral/memorial service.  Thank You, Lord...

Thinking of this, made me think of Psalm 73:26, "My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever."

As human beings, our flesh and hearts faileth during some of the difficult things that happen in our lives. 

But, God... is the strength of our hearts... and our portion... forever. 

I believe He gave everyone there strength to deal with the loss of both loved ones, not just me.  And, for this, I am truly thankful.

Thank You, Lord!


Until next time...

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