Saturday, November 27, 2010

Goodbye for now...

I took this picture of our friend with his little granddaughter four years ago and used it in a blog post in December 2006. He was diagnosed with cancer a couple of weeks later. His suffering ended early this morning and a family is left to mourn his passing. He was a good husband, father, son, brother and friend, a generous and gentle man who loved God and served others. We cannot understand the "whys" but are reminded that life is precious and our time on earth is fleeting. Live each day without regret, with gratitude, forgiveness and love.


Life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is only a horizon;
and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.

13 comments:

  1. So sorry for your loss of a friend Ruth. Prayers ascend for his family...

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  2. Thoughts & prayers for you in the loss of your friend.
    We are all part of the whole, and the bell tolls for us.

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  3. Wishing you peace within the eternal circle.

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  4. My deepest sympathy in the passing of your friend. Hold the memories you cherish close to your heart. I pray for peace and comfort for you and your friend's family and loved ones.

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  5. That's a beautiful tribute Ruth and a fitting picture.

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  6. Wonderful tribute and such sound words. We simply aren't meant to understand why our friends and family are often taken far too soon. Thoughts with you and with the family of your friend.

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  7. Parting is filled with such sorrow,but it is good to know that another soul has joined heaven's choir.My condolences to this family.
    Blessings,Ruth

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  8. A beautiful and loving tribute. How sad, I am so sorry for your loss.

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  9. Mexico Mom11:37 pm GMT-5

    I was so glad to see the picture of Jim. Now I remember meeting him several times. Please tell his wife that our daily prayers are still continuing for her.
    Our prayers are covering you and Tim as well.

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  10. We never know, do we? Sending condolences to the family left behind. It's a hard road, but the depth of grief reflects the depth of love.

    That pic says it all, and the quote is beautiful. I will read it over and over.

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  11. Thank you all for your comments and prayers. Some of you have recently lost loved ones too and are still grieving. Others have gone through similar losses in the past. Your words are very meaningful.

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  12. I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm going to have to see if I can find my Carly Simon CD with that song!

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  13. Hi Evelyn,
    I didn't know it was a song. I looked it up and here are the words. I will have to find the music later.

    Life is Eternal

    (Carly Simon/Teesa Gohl)

    I've been doing a lot of thinking
    About growing older and moving on
    Nobody wants to be told that they're getting on
    Andf maybe going away
    For a long, long stay
    But just how long and who knows
    And how and where my spirit will go
    Will it soar like Jazz on a saxophone
    Or evaporate on a breeze
    Won't you tell me please
    That life is eternal
    And love is immortal
    And death is only a horizon
    Life is eternal
    As we move into the light
    And a horizon is nothing
    Save the limit of our sight
    Save the limit of our sight

    Here on earth I'm a lost soul
    Ever trying to find my way back home
    Maybe that's why each new star is born
    Expanding heaven's room
    Eternity in bloom
    And will I see you up in that heaven
    In all it's light will I know you're there
    Will we say the things that we never dared
    If wishing makes it so
    Won't you let me know
    That life is eternal
    And love is immortal
    And death is only a horizon
    Life is eternal
    As we move into the light
    And a horizon is nothing
    Save the limit of our sight
    Save the limit of our sight

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