Thursday, January 21, 2010

Jesus is here with us now.

The start to this year has been challenging. I alluded to this in my previous post.
In the past week and a half I've been especially reminded of the fragility of life. The earthquakes in Haiti are a major example. But, a little closer to home for me have been the call that a beloved neighbor suddenly passed away; that a patron at my library works at a school where a 3rd-grader collapsed and died in gym last week; that a police officer and his k9 companion from my community were hit and killed last week and from the window of my gym I watched the police car parade driving to his funeral; that the secretary of the English department at my private university was recently diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and for many reasons is letting the cancer take its course; that the manager of the bookstore where Jeremy and I met just found out her cancer has returned.
After hearing about my former boss--someone Jeremy and I both love very much--I cried last night. It's just so much to take in. I can't even fathom what the families of these people are going through. I know that God is in control and that is my comfort. He is my peace. Jeremy said to me last night, "Jesus is with Chris (our boss) right now. Jesus is here with us right now. And He's going to keep being with us."


Margaret said...

I'm so sorry about all the really hard situations in people's lives who you are close to. I will be praying for your boss. I hope that you are able to rest in His, and that those who are suffering can too.

Heather L. said...

A good reminder for all the difficult situations we face, known and unknown. I'm sorry about your boss.

liz nelson said...

I've been thinking about my (our) boss ever since she told me and it makes me so sad. i am so glad to know that she rests in God and can have that comfort. it's hard to understand though. i know she'll appreciate all the prayer and support she can get.

Lana Joy said...

It is such a good reminder. I'm sorry it's been challenging. Our 2010 has been, too, but for other reasons.
How grateful I am that we have the Comforter with us always.

Pam-Mom said...

We are so sorry to read of the problems of so many of your loved ones and acquaintances. We especially were sad to hear of the recent health problems of Chris, your former boss. I know she is loved by both of you and especially has been like a second mom to Jeremy. We keep both of you and those who are suffering in our thoughts and prayers.

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