Wednesday, December 22, 2010

With Hope


Jeff entered into the arms of Jesus yesterday at 2:20 pm.  We will miss him terribly, but rejoice in knowing he is whole and no longer in any pain.  And we have the blessed hope that we will be reunited with him again one day in Heaven because he knew Jesus as his Savior.

16 comments:

Oak in the Seed said...

Happy birthday, Jeff, you good and faithful servant. You have served Jesus well, through your journey of illness, through your honest wife, your good children and your loyal friends.
May God's blessings be on you all and grant you peace, forever and ever.
Amen.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

My love and prayers and sympathy are extended to you, Adrienne, and to your wonderful family. I am so very sorry that Jeff is gone from you all---but I do rejoice that Jeff is where we all long to be someday --and that is in the arms of Jesus... God Bless You ALL.
Much Love,
Betsy

Aspiemom said...

I've been thinking of you and praying for your family all week.

What to say? I am so sorry for you and the children, but I know that you also feel relief that Jeff is no longer suffering and is with his Savior. I will continue to pray for you during this difficult time.

heidiannie said...

Adrienne,
There are no words to say that will make any of this easier. It is hard to be the survivor in a relationship- it is hard to see the pain in your children's eyes and it is hard to wait until you will be together again in eternity.
What is wonderful are the memories that remain- the love that he left behind with you and your children- the testimony that your lives together has impacted all that know and love you- and- of course- the wonder that Christ loves you more than you know and is available to comfort and strengthen you throughout the pain.
I am praying for you-so many people are holding you up in prayer.
Take the time you need to mourn his loss and the time to celebrate a life well lived.

JKoenig said...

Dear Addrienne,

My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. I pray that our Loving Lord will embrace you all in his arms and lead you by the hand as you begin this new journey in life. For Jeff the battle is over, and the Gift of Life Everlasting is his.

I will keep you in my prayers...Janice

CalamityJr said...

Dear Adrienne, what can be said that you haven't heard or thought? Even in your grief, we can find some joy in knowing that Jeff is celebrating this Christmas with God's gift to us, our Savior.

I keep thinking of the post where you felt you were resting your head in Abba's lap. Please keep that image now, and literally feel God's arms and love surrounding you. Only He can bring you true comfort and peace, and I know He will help you during this painful time.

Many thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family this now and into the new year. God bless you, Dear.

Cathy said...

When I saw your post I remembered this poem my husband has used before and wanted to share it with you. I'll be praying for you and your family.

Their First Christmas Up There

The angels will sing of His praises tonight
In the courts of Heaven above.
With melody sweet and their voices so clear
On His birthday, they'll sing of His love.

And the Saints up in glory will sing tonight too
And their hearts will just burst as they sing
To the praise of the Lamb they have loved there so long
To the glory of Jesus, their King.

Then one group will sing-the smallest of all-
But their song is the sweetest to hear
And they sing with their hearts full of wonder and joy;
For twill be their first Christmas up there.
by Wanda Goodall Dalke

Skeller said...

Praying for the peace that transcends all understanding ... (Phil 4)
that God will hold you all closely and comfort you and catch all your tears in a bottle ... (Ps 56)
knowing that you all are not grieving in the same way that those who have no hope do (1Thes 4),
knowing you WILL be together again, in that wonderful new world where God will wipe away every tear, and there will be no more death, mourning, pain or sorrow (Rev 21)

praying all these truths ...

Anita Johnson said...

I am so sorry for your loss and will keep your family in my prayers this Christmas. May the Christmas lights remind you of the star over Bethlehem and the HOPE that was born that day. "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord."

Kerri said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Wishing you Peace and Comfort.

Valerie said...

How my heart aches for you and your children and Jeff's family. I am so sorry for your pain as you now bear this load of separation. I know your faith is strong -it is a tribute to our amazing God who is faithful and true . . .

This song is amazing. Steven Curtis Chapman surely knows the pain of loss.

I am so sorry that this is a path that you must walk. But I am praying that God would hold you up, comfort you, strengthen you and surround you with living angels to help you as you go from day to day.

I am so sorry, Adrienne.

Jean Marie said...

Dear Adrienne,
I am so so sorry for you, and yet rejoice for Jeff!!! The sweetest fullness of joy he now has as he lives on in the presence of our Savior!!! I will continue to pray for you, as I prayed for Jeff and know that God will hold you in all comfort and mercies.
With love from Florida,
~ Jean Marie

Cindi said...

Adrienne, I am so sorry for your loss. I know that Jeff is no longer suffering and keeping his eye on your and the children. I'll continue to keep all of you in my prayers.

thedulls said...

sorry for your loss - May God be your strength!

Oak in the Seed said...

Hum, hum, hum...just checking in to see how you are doing. Prayers.

Linda said...

Dear Adrienne, I haven't been blog visiting widely for a while and have just learned of Jeff's passing. Better than anything I could say to you is this poem by the English poet John Donne:

"Bring us, O Lord, at our last awakening, into the house and gate of heaven, to enter into that gate and dwell in that house where there shall be no darkness nor dazzling, but one equal light; no noise nor silence, but one equal music; no fears nor hopes, but one equal possession; no ends nor beginnings, but one equal eternity in the habitation of thy glory and dominion, world without end."