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Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Rest in Glory Eternal

~ Dave, in Florence, Italy, alongside the Arno River ~

"Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The soul that rises with us, our life's star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar:
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come,
From God who is our home."

Dave, to paraphrase Lewis, 
"your absence is like the sky, spread over everything." 
Today, marks two years of utter despair. Had I not the Godly example of 
Aunt Esther, Aunt Bonnie, Grandmother Hattie and Grandmother Margaret, I don't think I could have borne your death. Had I not watched and waited for you for six years, the surprise would have completely overwhelmed me.

Had I not God and His promises, 
surely I would have done something awful. 
Even so, dear God in heaven, when does it ever abate?

Bless God for His faithfulness, mercy, love and grace. 

Blessings ~ to have been Dave's companion and wife for twenty-two years ~ to be God's daughter, safely kept ~ God's promises, known and unknown ~ God's blessings, known and unknown ~


  1. Praying for you today, Sandra.

  2. I am so sorry. I am praying for you, my beautiful friend.



  3. 2 years is not long enough to tame such loss-pain after 22 years-I am at a loss for words. Courage..

  4. Praying for you too. May God's strength carry you through the times when you are overwhelmed, and wrap you in His arms amidst the loneliness. Hugs.

  5. Sandra, my heart aches for you. I can not imagine what you have learned to deal with by the grace of God. I know that day comes when we all have this to face. I pray when my time comes that I can be all that I see in you because of Him. I've been married for almost 42 years to my Strong Heart...but whether it be 22 or 42 the pain will be the same. Hugs and prayers for you, dear Sandra.

  6. God bless you, dear friend.

  7. Your life will yet be full of blessing and joy, oh fabulous Sandra xx

  8. God be with you!!! ♥♥♥

  9. praying for you
    Hugs from the ozarks

  10. Though you and I have never actually met, I think about you and Dave every time I go to Hollywood Cemetery to work ... I even stopped by to greet him when I was there last Thursday.

    That's what this blogging adventure of ours does ... we gravitate to people we think we'd like, we get to know one another, and we care.

    Hugs and Prayers for you today.

  11. My prayers are with you.

  12. I'm so sorry for this pain that still crushes you, Sandra, for the loneliness that remains. He had a wonderful face, the face of a real man.

  13. I am so sorry, Sandra. i wish I could help you more. God bless you- xo Diana

  14. Such amazing words quoted here by Wordsworth so helpful during this time for both you and me also bearing a loss.
    I wish for you continued strength and love,

  15. My thoughts are with you, Sandra.

  16. God bless you and give you His peace. I care.

  17. ...For those, who are te own of God, every loss is a big win." (Dori diary a few days ago....)

    Near you in heart,
    your Dori

  18. I love the picture of Dave. Two long years ... and how you have shared your heart and your loss with us. Thank you, sweet Sandra.

    Sending love and prayers,

  19. I am sending you warm thoughts today. Your bravery will carry you through this day and other tough ones to follow.

  20. Dear Sandra ~ My heart goes out to you for your loss. That photo of your husband is wonderful. May you continue to be surrounded and filled with God's love, peace, strength and healing.

    Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

  21. Sweet post. Heartfelt prayers for you. God bless you my friend.

  22. My heart breaks at the pain you have endured. I hope and pray that you find the comfort you seek.

  23. Grief is a sneaky thing - about the time we think we've developed an immunity - a new strain comes along and we are infected anew. I pray for your heart's comfort - being widow is just awful - virtual hugs sent to you and as always - prayers for those of us who are Sisters in da 'Hood (widowhood)
    I love you friend -

  24. Thinking of you, dear Sandra...

  25. you are a very brave woman!
    praying for you God's comfort,

  26. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  27. Aching today for your empty sadness. There are no words. May God give you grace, peace.

  28. Dearest Sandra- I know it's a heartache that never really stops. It must have been especially hard on the anniversary date--

    Sending love

  29. Sending you so much love Sandra! You will be in my prayers.

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