Goodbye for a Short While

July 17, 2013

in the generous life

Yesterday I went to the funeral of a friend.

I love what scripture says.

But we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.  1 Thessalonians 4:13-18  RSV

It’s OK to be sad about losing a dear friend, but when they are believers our grief is tempered by the knowledge that we will see them again and be able to party with them forever.

It’s times like these that I hold my sweetie close. He is such a gift to me, but I know one day we will know that brief separation that comes before eternity. I want to have my “I love you’s” and “I’m sorry’s” all up to date!

(And just a practical note, do have your paperwork in good working order. It’s a kindness not to leave the surviving spouse with a mess.)

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L.C.C. July 17, 2013 at 2:00 am

Such a difficult topic to write about but in such a brief post you have written very beautifully and simply what our faith can turn to hope. I’m sorry for your loss but I’m thankful that your perspective reminds you that it is indeed, a brief separation before the joy of eternity.

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Gigi July 17, 2013 at 4:01 pm

I would also like to add a list of passwords to all emails, social media, and other important web info.

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Robynne July 17, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Can I just add. Getting the home’s paperwork organized is something we as wifes can definitely do for an over busy husband. This is so important. Can you get your kids, pets and papers in the car in 20 minutes? Many people had to do just that in the recent Colorado Black Forest fire. My husband called me from work and said there is a really large fire heading your way. I need you to start packing — alone with the small kids. My husband and and older working kids couldn’t get back. I had 4-5 hours to evacuate… I was lucky. Now I have all those important things on two different encrypted/passworded thumbs drives in two difference location not at my home: Financial Records, Medical Records, legal documents scanned 93 of them, 100 favorite photos of each of the kids and my wedding and family, our family history. NOW I can get the kids, pets and the important items like Dad’s wood carvings and grandma’s quilts. The paperwork is taken care of. Back ups are done on automatically every Friday night. Thumb drives are on a monthly rotation. Wills, living wills, power of health attorney and general power of attorneys were updated for all of us this past week. Please ladies do it! Just like eating an elephant…one bite or items done at a time.

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Lori - The Generous Wife July 17, 2013 at 6:44 pm

All good thoughts, gals. Thanks.

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