Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.
Thank you to all who left comments and sent messages inquiring after my health.
It seems that I've spent much of 2018 in the clutches of a cold or pneumonia or both.
I still have a touch of it. The weather doesn't help as it's been cold and sometimes wet.
Even so time marches on.
|I can count on this tree to blossom first every year. It looks quite old.|
I always look forward to Spring when warmer climates and clearer skies prevail and the blossoms unfurl in earnest.
But this Spring has started on a sad note.
I said goodbye today to a very dear and very long time friend.
She passed 2 weeks ago of diabetic complications. Her daughter arranged for services today as there are many relatives who had to travel far to be at the service.
It was a lovely service and my friend was noted for her long and faithful service to the church amongst other fine attributes.
I will miss her. Besides relatives she is one of the people I have known longest on this earth.
|One spire at the local Catholic Church.|
Also very unexpectedly my sister in law passed yesterday.
She suffered a brain aneurysm and was airlifted to Vancouver for surgery.
They could not save her.
I was at the hospital late into the night with the family as they made the heart rending decision to 'let her go'.
I am expecting that the funeral services will be as soon as possible. Several of my family members here will make the road journey on Monday for a few days.
Friends we never know what this life will bring us.
Sometimes we have a long journey in this life and sometimes we have a short one.
In all cases, it is made a bit easier in the knowledge that those of us with faith will meet again one day.
It is almost one year since my own mother made the transition.
She left in peace and contentment just as I know my dear friend did also.
That is a gift to the family especially when we know they have suffered long due to ill health.
Where they are now, they will not suffer again.
|There are always Canada geese on the lawns in front of train station.|
In my sister-in-laws case the end came very suddenly and totally unexpectedly.
It is harder to deal with loss in such cases.
My heart aches for her only son.
|A few seagulls overhead.|
Spring seems to be a season in which many leave this earth.
It is also a time of new growth and rebirth.
|I thought this new growth in the bottom of the tree trunk was interesting.|
I ask you to pray for the children and families involved and affected by these recent losses, especially for the children.
Also, my close friend's grandma Sally has been in hospital in Kenya for many weeks.
I ask for prayers for her and her family as well.
I hope you all had a pleasant Easter holiday.
I had a quiet but pleasant one.
I've started to visit some of your blogs again.
Please bear with me if I am a little slow to get to your posts.
I miss reading what you all share.
Joining in this week with