December 7, 2012 7:17 PM
Advent....Our blessed Hope
Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign...Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and His name shall be called Immanuel.....God with us. Isaiah 7:14
For our family, Advent has always been a time of anticipation beginning with a certain sorrow as we realize our need for mercy and a Savior. We look forward to celebrating His birth, and acknowledge we need the Messiah for without Him we will not see the fullness of Our Father's mercy and power to save us from our sins, diseases, guilt, trials, and adverse circumstances.... in short,from ourselves.
This year is different....first of all because Barbara is not here. Emotions are raw and fresh.Secondly, and more importantly God is doing something within each of us as a family because she is gone. Life for us here is more precious. With that realization, so is how and with whom we spend our time....are we doing and living God's will for our lives. We're not walking through our "traditional" Advent and Christmas...I have often told Barbara through the years that God reveals our hearts through circumstances....He has revealed our hearts, and we are realizing more than ever as a family how much we need Him. Perhaps this is a time for us all to to reflect on our need for His mercy and salvation as we go through this season.
Was out at Barbara's grave above the Shenandoah River this week, musing on John the Baptist calling us down to the river....could almost hear him saying, "Prepare ye the Way of the Lord!" I could feel my hesitancy....Father I don't want to go..I won't go....this is too hard.
Looked up and saw just one eagle flying...Every time before I'd seen two...then some words came to me...."you're not flying solo...I AM with you."
(interesting note...the beginning background music to this video is Hatikvah, the Hope, National Anthem of Israel...pray for them to embrace their Messiah for whom they don't need to wait for anymore for He is here.)
In His grip,
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Thank you, for allowing the Lord to speak through you, even as your pain is so fresh. Sobering thoughts to ponder...yes, it is good to reflect on our need for our Saviour and his mercy and not take that lightly.
Blessings to you and your dear family as you continue to walk through this valley....even through these difficulties, His Light is shining through you! Praying for you all...
Posted by: Debbie Kierstead | December 8, 2012 12:58 AM
Papa Tripp, Thank you for allowing us to to walk near you during this hard, hard time in the life of your family. You all are in my daily prayers.
Posted by: Salome Ellen | December 8, 2012 10:16 AM
I'm still finding this incredible...that Barbara is gone. I guess I'm still in shock, too. You're right, Tripp. God does reveal our hearts through circumstances and I generally don't like what I find. I had a death recently of a different kind...the sudden and inexplicable death of a friendship. Nothing compared to what you're going through but still God revealing in me things that I needed to learn. And it's very hard. It has reminded me to not take things for granted. To forgive. To love...anyways. And how God is always there even when others can't/won't be.
We're still holding you and your dear family up in prayer, Tripp. I'm very touched by what you wrote near the end. Your story of the eagle. Reminds me of the hymn: On Eagle's Wings.
"And He will raise you up on eagle's wings,
Bear you on the breath of dawn,
Make you to shine like the sun,
And hold you in the palm of His Hand."
Your sister in Christ,
Sue from Buffalo
Posted by: Sue from Buffalo | December 8, 2012 9:40 PM
I still catch my breath when I see Barbara's name on her funeral order of Mass that I have taped to my wall or on Twitter when it says Barbara Curtis has a new post on the webpage, meaning you, Mr. Curtis. Many times a day, I realize I am doing something that I learned from Barbara, even something as simple as adding an 1/8 cup of bleach to my laundry, darks and colors included. Thank you so much for bravely sharing your thoughts during this time.
Posted by: Elissa | December 9, 2012 3:56 PM