Thursday, July 23, 2009

Grieving

O MOST happy mansion of the city above! O most bright day of eternity, which night does not darken, but which the highest truth ever enlightens!
O day, ever joyful and ever secure, which never changes its state to the opposite! Oh, that this day shine forth, that all these temporal things
come to an end! It envelops the saints all resplendent with heavenly brightness, but it appears far off as through a glass to us wanderers on the earth. The citizens of heaven know how joyful that day is, but the exiled sons of Eve mourn that this one is bitter and tedious.

- "Imitation of Christ," by Thomas A. Kempis , Bk. 3, Chapter 48

6 comments:

Karen and Joe said...

Come Lord Jesus. My prayers are with you all and I mourn for your mourning.

Dawn ~ BJSMomma said...

:-)

Kay said...

Oh Karen.. what a roller coaster you've had of late. From a wonderful vacation to the pain and struggle that has followed. Praying for you all!

Elizabeth said...

I'm praying for you and your friends, Karen.

Busy Bee Suz said...

Your friends are in my thoughts as are you.

HappyWifeHappyLife said...

Hi Karen - haven't been to your blog lately... working 2 jobs has left me tired. However, something nudged me to stop by your blog tonight before I headed off to bed and I'm glad I did. I'm so sorry for your friend who lost her son. But to think how lucky she is to have YOU to help shepherd her through the grieving process.... and to hold her hand in the dark! Surely God caused her path to cross yours, I have no doubt.
I will be praying for her, and for you to know what to say, and, of course, when to just be there, without words.

On another note, I really loved this post today.... such a great hope we have of the (forever) life after this (temporal) one. I so look forward to that, to the life where there is no grieving, no children who get sick and die, and where Bright, Shining Love permeates all. I think it will surpass all we can even imagine.

Take care, my dear..

Much Love,
T.