Tuesday, October 9, 2007

The good things and the good things.

I was going to write about how sad yesterday was, but then I remembered this verse from Ecclesiastes 7.....
"A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better
than the day of birth."

My friend's mother died yesterday. It was the first time I have ever seen a person die. It was amazing. It was as if the angels came down and got her soul and quietly took her to heaven. We actually didn't know she had died until the nurse came in and said her heart had stopped. So her pain is gone, she is in the presence of our Savior. She was surrounded by the three people she loved most in this earth....her husband, daughter and grandson. She had been air ambulanced home Saturday from Houston so she could be home. But we also know that the coming days are a "time to mourn" and I am praying for peace for her family and comfort for the days to come. She will be greatly missed but we know she is home at last!

Joy and weeping are so intermingled. The above pictures are from Katie's bridal shower. Katie is standing and I'm sitting on Emily's lap with Mary Grace beside me. This was such a happy day, except we missed Carol who was flying back from Houston. The shower was fun except for the part where I spilled my glass of tea on the carpet, then spilled the next one too! I doubt I'll ever be invited to anything else at her house. I did offer to pay for getting the carpet cleaned....on our way out, one of the hostesses, her named just happened to be and I'm not kidding Lucky, dropped a wine glass and broke it, so I felt a tad better. Yes, I know that is not very nice of me, but I am always the clumsy one and it felt good to share to glory!

Everything was wonderful and I can hardly believe that Katie will be Mrs. Benoit in a little over a month.


Tonja said...

Sorry about your friends mother, but so glad she is at peace. Sound as if the shower was fun and 'messy'. Don't you just hate to spill something at someone elses house? It just seems so much worse.

Ang baylis said...

I am so sorry about your friend's mother, too! When my father passed away I wasn't there. Most of my other siblings were there and said it was just beautiful! I am glad you got to experience it! I LOVED the Scripture you added! I have never seen that! Thank you for sharing!

Oh my goodness! That must have felt terrible to spill the tea! But, wine? That's bad, too! I am sorry!

Dawn said...

It is so often true that sadness and joy happen together. Last year one of the students I worked with who had graduated the previous May was killed in a car accident on her way home to South Dakota. The same day we heard of the birth of a child of another one of our graduates. Poignant day.

{Karla} said...

sorry to hear about your friend's mother.

I totally believe what Dawn said above -- that so often sadness and joy do happen together.