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I am Sandra - faithful steward. listener. shepherd. dream believer. hard worker. collects brass bells, boots. Jesus follower. contented. star gazer. homemaker. farmer. prayer warrior. country woman. reader. traveler. writer. homebody. living life large.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sabbath Keeping

"The Lord has sent me to bind up the comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair."
~ Isaiah 61:1-3 and Luke 4:18 ~

"[Death] is what life is all about, a slow discovery of the mortality of all that is created so that we can appreciate its beauty without clinging to it as if it were a lasting possession. Our lives can indeed be seen as a process of becoming familiar with death...when we see life constantly [in the context of] death, we can enjoy it for what it is: a free gift.
The pictures, letters, and books of the past reveal life to us as a constant saying of farewell to beautiful places, good people, and wonderful experience. ...All these times have passed by like friendly visitors, leaving [us] with dear memories but also with the sad recognition of the shortness of life. In ever arrival there is a leavetaking; in each one's growing up here is a growing old; in every smile there is a tear; and in every success there is a loss."
~ Henry Nouwen, A Letter of Consolation ~

"Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good."
~ W. H. Auden ~
"There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love." ~ Washington Irving ~

"Let grief do its work. Tramp every inch of the sorrowful way. Drink every drop of the bitter cup. Draw from memory and hope all that they can offer. To see the things our loved ones have left behind will give us daily pain--the clothes they wore, the letters they wrote, the books they read, the chairs in which they sat, the music they loved, the hymns they sat, the walks they took, the games they played, their seat in church, and much beside--but what would we be without those reminders? Would we like quickly to break with the past in order to ease our grief? Those who truly love will say that they have found in sorrow a new joy, a joy which only the broken-hearted can know."
~ W. Graham Scroggie,
quoted in Billy Graham's book Facing Death ~

"I am only one, but still I am one.
I cannot do everything, but still I can do something."
~ Helen Keller ~

"We have seen a great mystery:
We shall all be changed.
We shall be raised in Christ
as we were buried in Christ.
Death is swallowed up in victory.
The dwelling of God will be with his people.
God will wipe every tear from their eyes;
and death shall be no more.
There shall be no mourning, no crying nor pain;
sorrow and sighting shall flee away.
For the old things are disappearing.
Behold, I am making all things new.
I am the Alpha and the Omega,
the beginning and the end."
~ Revelation 21 ~

If you'd like your name added to the prayer list, please let me know.

Prayer Keeping ~ Adrienne ~ Karena ~ Roland ~ Debbie ~ Beckwith family ~ Lea and family ~ Kary ~ Mildred ~ John ~ Noelle ~ Geoffrey ~ Terry ~ Angela, Penny and family ~ Daniel ~ Morgan ~ Meredith ~ Susan ~ Stephanie ~ Winnie ~ Wanda ~ Steve ~ Leslie ~ William and Catherine ~ Becky ~ Rick ~ Misha ~ J ~ Linda ~ Skip ~ Ryan ~ Roy ~ Tonya ~ me ~

Blessings ~ past ~ present ~ future ~ 


  1. I have loved the Auden quote since I first heard it in a movie (not particularly spiritual movie) - real love can't just end - heal over like a skinned knee or even a stab wound - it goes into our very marrow and the sweetness even in loss won't be wasted. You are doing so well - and I'm here with you - we walk in the valleys knowing mountain tops are still there - we have to keep walking to get to see them again. Much love and prayers for you Sandra - To God be the Glory

  2. Thank you, Sandra. Your posts always give me something to think about.

  3. I love you, Sandra...and you lovely sheep too. Happy Sunday, darling.

  4. For some reason this morning while reading your post, I thought of a book I loved in college, "A Severe Mercy." Have you read it? Do you want to? If so, I'd be happy to lend it to you....

  5. Hello Sandra:
    We are very familiar with the Auden quotation which you give here. It captures so beautifully we think the all-embracing nature of Love and how utterly bereft one is when left alone.

    But, it is surely better to have known this Love than to never have experienced it at all?

    Take comfort, dearest Sandra in the completion of your daily tasks, the indescribable beauty of your wonderful landscape, the love of your friends and family and your faith. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today as always.

  6. Every day tears fill my eyes for you, Sandra. Now they are bearing sadness for Kerrie & Bill ... as he walks his final journey in this life. She is a very precious friend & also blogger.

    Love you.

  7. Meaningful words today . . .
    Stop All The Clocks is powerful . . .
    "HE IS DEAD . . . " truth . . .

  8. the oil of will come in the morning.
    His mercies are new everyday.

    God bless,

  9. Grief just has to have time.
    I felt like I was dead..

  10. Thank you for the quotes and prayers. I'm also glad to see the sheep.

  11. Love to you, Sandra. And I hope you've gotten some rest after your weekend. The sheep are beautiful, but I know the farm is so much work.

    ♥ Hugs and prayers, ♥


  12. Wasn't it Queen Elizabeth who said, "Grief is the price we pay for love"?
    Wonderful words here.
    Blessings on you,

  13. Just stopping in to say hello. Today is Tuesday already. I appreciated your post when I read it on Sunday and again when I re-read it today. I hope you are having a good week in your beautiful cove with your sweet-faced sheep and handsome doggie pals.
    God bless you and showever His peace upon you.

  14. All of the quotes , all the scripture, moving, true.

    My prayers for you Sandra.

  15. Beautiful thoughts on grief. Continuing to pray for your journey.


  16. I like seeing my mom's and dad's things around my house because it keeps their memory alive for me and it seems they are always close by. In fact, I am wearing one of my dad's old shirts today!


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