Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sabbath Keeping

A blogger friend lost her husband yesterday.
 I fear it may have been unexpected, although I cannot be sure of that right now.
She has a Sunday ritual called Sabbath Keeping.
Under the circumstances, I assume she will not be keeping this Sabbath day on her blog,
so I will do it in her stead,
in her honor,
and ask your prayers for my friend Sandra at Thistle Cove Farm.


To die will be an awfully big adventure. 
 ~J.M. BARRIE, Peter Pan


The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
~King David, Psalm 23 




Cowards die many times before their deaths
The valiant never taste of death but once. 
~WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Julius Caesar

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
~Proverbs 3:5-6

[After shaving his wife's hair that was falling out after chemotherapy] It was the first of many personal moments they would share together, a long sabbatical into her day to day care, part of the mechanics of dying. He'd done all that he could, but choosing to lovingly care for her was like steering a plane into a mountain as gently as possible. The crash is eminent. It's how you spend your time on the way down that counts. ~Jamie Ford, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.  In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.  If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.
~Jesus, as recorded in the gospel of John Chapter 14 Verses 1 through 3


We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream: it may be so the moment after death.
~NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, American Note-Books, 1836


Our dead are never dead to us until we have forgotten them.
~GEORGE ELIOT, Adam Bede


When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
  “Where, O death, is your victory?
   Where, O death, is your sting?”
~Apostle Paul, First Letter to the Corinthians, Chapter 15 Verses54 and 55


For me, to live is Christ, to die is gain.
~Apostle Paul, Letter to the Philippians, Chapter 1 Verse 21

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May the God of peace give you comfort this day, Sandra.
Our prayers are with you.


3 comments:

  1. Very nice. My prayers go out to Sandra...

    Blessings,

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  2. Dawn, you bless my heart! We used your very first quote on Dave's funeral program; it will bring a lot of smiles to faces. As will his last wish, "in lieu of flowers, take someone special to dinner."
    Thank you and God bless you.

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  3. you are an angel to post this in sandra's honor. proof
    that you ARE real! she has been a precious friend to
    me, and i never thought to do such a loving thing as
    this. i am ashamed and inspired at the same time.

    i pray that the Lord continues to abundantly bless
    your ministry in south america and will discuss with
    my husband.

    blessings, sweet friend.

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