Family Thanksgiving

This week we were sorely tested

Ground breaking technology

Unused by doctors

Meant we witnessed inoperable cancer take a young life

Yet again we struggle with Truth

A young son, brother, husband, father, friend

Gone Home to God

And we cry ‘Too soon’

We pray – ‘Your Will’

We weep

‘But Why…?’

In Truth

‘Why not…?’

Each one of us will follow



Into Everlasting Arm


Without God

Hopelessly Dark

With God

Hope and Light…

I thank You God for so much togetherness

In that Hope

In that Light


Togetherness of differences

  • Colour
  • Size
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Ability
  • Sensibility

  • Sabbath Praise
  • Sabbath Teaching
  • Sabbath Rest
  • Fellowship keeping us soft and strong
  • Two young bachelors sit together sharing world-view
  • Earnest conversations eye to eye understanding
  • Elder speaking to younger – respectfully listening
  • Father sits with young son sharing a muffin
  • Ballet friends practising steps
  • Little girls running
  • Little boys walking
  •  Shoulder to shoulder blonde and black
  • Small child cries daddy running long- legs hugging
  • Baby cuddles and smiles shared
  • United in grief and belief
  • A touch, a hug, a kiss, a smile – freely given, gratefully received

  • Grieving Father – eyes edged with sorrow
  •  Heavy hearted Mother at Peace
  • Surrounding Comfort
  • Finding smiles
  • Fellowship lingering long, no rush to leave

When family want to share… in all things, surely The Strong, Healthy Father’s Heart, is at work

Words and Pictures © Denise Stanford 2010

~ by Denise Within the Vine on 28/06/2010.

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