Monday, March 08, 2010

A New Week

Yesterday was Beverly's birthday. It was a bitter-sweet day for a number of reasons:

For one, Jenny has been at the center of our birthday celebrations for so long. I am still in such denial of the fact that she is gone. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross was right when she defined the stages of grief. And she was right in saying that people experience those stages differently. I seem to be randomly going from one to another. I just don't seem to have a moment when I am not thinking about her. It was two weeks ago today that Jenny went to see Jesus. It seems like yesterday.

Second, it was my 1st week back in the pulpit since Jenny went in the hospital on February 4th. While it was difficult, it just seemed right. And it again affirmed to me that I am in the right place. Yesterday, the church I minister to ministered to me and Beverly. What an awesome group of Christians!

Today, I seek peace by resting in the God of mercy and Father of all comfort.


Jeff said...

It was good to see you preaching again yesterday. I look forward to hearing you more and more as the days pass. I know God is going to be working in you and I am thankful you choose to be one of his messengers. You are a blessing from God to many, many people and I am fortunate to be one of those.

Lauren said...

Tell Beverly happy belated birthday for me. There is not a day that goes by that I don't pray for you and your precious family as you journey through this season. Bless all of you.

Tonya said...

We are so blessed to know and love your family - How dear you are to all of us in Decatur! The testimony you give as you worship the Lord in the midst of this darkness is so very powerful. We only wish we could take some of the burden of your grief onto our own shoulders for you all.

Carolyn said...

Rick, You are truly a blessing to me as I watch God working in you to minister to so many others as we try to minister to you and your family. We love you dearly, and pray daily for God's comfort for you as you walk this dark valley.

jodyandjanell said...

You do not know me but I have followed the story of your beautiful daughter. I am friends with the Thompson family (Summer's family). I have been praying over you and your entire family and will not stop.
I am so very sorry for your pain.
In Christ.
Janell and family