Monday, May 2, 2011

Cold, Rain and Gloom

Tomorrow will mark 40 days since Annie went to heaven. Forty days and forty nights. And although we're happy for her, we're not so happy for us. How appropriate that this past month is one of the coldest, rainiest and gloomiest on certainly matches the mood around here.

Just slogging through it.


What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord,
who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
When they walk through the Valley of Weeping,
it will become a place of refreshing springs.
The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings.
They go from strength to strength--
each of them appears before God in Zion. Psalm 84:5-7


Marilyn said...

" will become...";"clothed with blessings...";"strength to strength"

Lord, make this true for the Sullivans!

Gretchen said...

Clinging to the absolute truth that each one of these moments will one day be redeemed. I've got my mucking boots on. I'll slog w/you any time. Promise.

Anonymous said...

Wishing I had a word of wisdom to help you on your journey as your words have helped me....but I don't. But I will pray along with you, offer you a shoulder to cry on and rejoice that Annie is sitting with Jesus! Praying for the pain to fade and sending hugs to hold you together while you're healing. Much love!


aunt rebecca said...

40 days!!!!
That seems impossible. I was just there. At her funeral. At her graveside. Hugging her brothers and sisters. It just happened.
40 days!!!
I'm so sorry for the rain and gloom. But how appropriate.
You would resist sunshine.
I pray when sunshine comes to you that you REJOICE in it.

aunt rebecca said...

Hugging her brothers and sister (not sisterS)
Sorry, Olivia!

The Klassen's said...

Dear Jean,
You gotta love Job, he doesn't hold back how he feels.

Job 19:25-27 “But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,and he will stand upon the earth at last.
And after my body has decayed,
yet in my body I will see God! I will see him for myself. Yes, I will see him with my own eyes.I am overwhelmed at the thought!"

Job 23:10-17“But he knows where I am going. And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold. For I have stayed on God’s paths; I have followed his ways and not turned aside. I have not departed from his commands, but have treasured his words more than daily food. But once he has made his decision, who can change his mind? Whatever he wants to do, he does. So he will do to me whatever he has planned. He controls my destiny. No wonder I am so terrified in his presence. When I think of it, terror grips me. God has made me sick at heart; the Almighty has terrified me. Darkness is all around me; thick, impenetrable darkness is everywhere".
There is a good reason Psalm's is after Job. Weeping for you. Praying for you. Tanis

Jean said...

Thank you Marilyn, Gretchen, Tanya, Rebecca & Tanis...I am daily lifted up by your prayers. The sun came out yesterday, and it really helped. Digging out in the garden did too. :)
Love you all,

Susan said...

That passage from Psalm 84 is just beautiful.