Tuesday, August 12, 2008

A Celebration of Life


The last few days have been very sureal. And, although it doesn't happen often in life... I'm left with little to say. Or maybe, little to type without crying. My brother passed on Friday, August 8.
But I feel the need to focus on what I've been given rather than what I've lost. Through God's grace I had 37 years with a fabulous brother. Tonight we will gather to celebrate his life.
We truly are being held up by God's strength. Thank you, in advance, for continuing to pray for our family and especially for my brother's daughters and his wife. Please also remember in your prayers the three men who received organs donated from Jim.


22 comments:

Lauren@Baseballs&Bows said...

I am so, so sorry for your tremendous loss. Your family is in my prayers.

the ginhouse said...

Oh, my dear sweet friend. We have earnestly prayed for you and your family everyday, calling each one by name, since you moved. I don't know why God deemed your return to FL to begin so sadly, but I know that He knew well in advance and has prepared you for this time. It is no mistake that you were there to help care for your dad, and now in the wake of this transition to Glory for Jim. I have thought of you every single day since you left, and our family is commited to continue to pray for you each and every day of your life (unless sometime I get old and forget my name & yours too!) But even then, God knows our hearts. You and your family are so dear to us & we love you. Please call, email, or hit my blog if you need or want anything. I may be many miles away now, but I am here for you, day and night (I mean that!) Again, we love you guys!

Sandy said...

I'm terribly sorry for your loss, and will keep your entire family in my prayers!

Kerri said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I cannot imagine the pain and grief that you are experiencing. Please know that all of your family is in my prayers as well.

Amy @ Experience Imagination said...

Sending (((BIG HUGS))) to you and your family. It is never easy to lose someone you love.

The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face to shine upon and be gracious unto you. The Lord lift up the light of His countenance upon you and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26)

Leslie said...

I am so sorry and saddened to hear about Jim. I will continue to pray.

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I will continue to keep you and the rest of your family in my prayers.

And I think it is wonderful that your brother donated his organs.

God bless you and your family.

Jana (sidetrack'd) said...

I am so sorry to hear about your brother. May God comfort all of you in your loss.

Kaci said...

I'm so sorry I wasn't able to pray for your brother. But I will pray that your family finds peace in this hard time. XOXO

Julie said...

I am so very, very sorry. I will continue to pray for you and the entire family. I pray God will be very close to all of you during this difficult time.

Octamom said...

Was glad to 'meet' you through your comment over at my 'place' and came over to see your blog--and read your sad news. So sorry for your loss, even more so in a season of relocation and change for your family. Praying that you find strength and comfort through the Lord.
Blessings~

Kim Thomas said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

kymberly said...

i just got the email about jim. all of you are in my prayers, including p and the girls. i do not know what else to say, but i love you all and always will.

Heidi said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and because you did I am now able to pray for you and your family! I am sorry for your loss.

Amberly said...

I'm sorry to hear you lost your brother. I'll say a prayer for your family.

Nikki said...

My sweet sister, I am so sorry for your loss! I will be praying just as you requested!
Love,
Nikki

Kimberly said...

I saw sweet pirate hatted you over at Mary Lu's so I decided to come by. I am so glad that I did. I am truly sorry about the loss of your brother. I will be praying for you, your family, and your brother's family.

I, too, am so glad that he was willing to be an organ donor. Someone got my father's eyes when he passed away, and for some reason, that has always been such a blessing for me to know.

May you feel your Heavenly Father holding you and carrying you through.

Love,
K

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Katie said...

I'm so sorry. You are in my thoughts.

Laura said...

I am so sad for you. What a shock.
Prayers.

Karin @ 6ByHisDesign said...

I don't know if you check new comments in old posts, but I want to send my sympathies to you over your brother's passing at such a young age. I love the photo you posted before this one - one of those real-life I'll remember you just like this kind of photos!!

I pray for God's loving arms to hold you as you mourn. And I pray for his daughters and wife.

May you find strength and peace.

Ter said...

I am very sorry for your loss. ((HUGS))