Letting Go

My uncle passed away late last night while surrounded by loved ones and holding the hand of his beloved wife.  The entire family is grieving, each of us in our own way.  It’s been hard for me to describe to my husband the way I am feeling right now.  Bless him, this man who knows me better than I sometimes know myself is all too familiar with my shortcomings in the letting go department.  His quiet concern and calm demeanor is at times surprising to me, knowing him the way I do, but it is a wonderful blessing to see this side of him when I need it most.

“Life is but a Weaving” (the Tapestry Poem)

by: Corrie Ten Boom

“My life is but a weaving
Between my God and me.
I cannot choose the colors
He weaveth steadily.

Oft’ times He weaveth sorrow;
And I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper
And I the underside.

Not ’til the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly
Will God unroll the canvas
And reveal the reason why.

The dark threads are as needful
In the weaver’s skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned

He knows, He loves, He cares;
Nothing this truth can dim.
He gives the very best to those
Who leave the choice to Him.”

One of my oldest friends reminded me yesterday that God won’t only help me through this internally, but he will also send others in my path to be his hands and feet.  And he has…people I never knew I had anything in common with have become some of my closest and most beloved friends.  They have helped keep me on the narrow path over the last year.  And my husband has been the most irreplaceable of them all.

Thank you, Father, for my husband, and for all the other wonderful people you have sent to be a part of my life as I walk with you.  Thank you for the time I had with my uncle.  That I even knew him for a moment blessed me immeasurably.  Thank you for the comfort and peace you have given those of us left behind as he has come home to you.  I know you will continue to hold us in your loving arms and comfort us as you carry us through this difficult time.  Thank you for your unfailing love.  Please continue to guide me and draw me closer to you, Lord.  I want to learn all of your wonderful ways so that I can be a light for you in this world, as my uncle was, but in the manner in which you’ve made me able.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”   Matthew 5:4

“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:21-23 

“The Lord is near to those who are broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.Psalm 34:18

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