My new husband Jim and I began decorating for Christmas in our new home Thanksgiving weekend. He and I, both previously widowed, have found joy in putting thought into our new Christmas traditions as we blend our families and lives
Dear Friends and Family,
October is here. 10/17/16 marks the seven year anniversary of Pastor Paul’s promotion to heaven. Thank you for your continued prayers for our new blended family. With each passing year since Paul has gone, there are more friends and loved ones who have departed this earth for their heavenly home.
Are you tired of plodding through life? Like a plane on ‘automatic pilot,’ our prayers can be repetitive, predictable and even humdrum as we go through the motions. Do you ever wonder if God really hears your prayers? The remedy could be as simple as admitting un-confessed sin. Think about how it felt when you first found out how much God loved you! It’s good to be reminded of His presence protecting us even when we were not seeking Him. 3 John 1:9 says, “We love because he first loved us.”
I’ve got remember to tell Paul, I thought. My daughter-in-law Megan’s face glowed, was great with child, in her last trimester. I listened intently as she excitedly explained the preparations for the baby’s birth. And then it dawned on me, oh yeah, Paul isn’t here; he’s in heaven with Jesus. October 17, 2009 was the day Paul was promoted to heaven, the day everything changed.
Today would have been Pastor Paul’s 59th birthday. How will I remember his life on this, another one of his birthdays? It’s the anniversary of the birth of Pastor Paul Giesbrecht. I’ve decided to spend the rest of my life remembering.
I don’t like change. Until his unexpected accidental death, I was married to my first husband for twenty-eight years. We had planned to grow old together, and during those first few months after his sudden departure to Heaven, I
Your loved one has passed away. Maybe they’ve been gone two months, two years, or two decades. You don’t want to forget them. You don’t want your children to forget them. It’s hard to know what to do with
God’s specialty is rearranging the ashes of our disappointments, despair, and dismay into something beautiful. He takes our mess and changes it into His message. The best historical illustration of this spiritual truth happened in 1988 in the Yellowstone