Friday, July 16, 2010

....across the room to sing bare foot!


I've gone AWOL from my blog for awhile and I think it's time to come back. Those of my readers that know me well will also know that we have experienced another loss in our family lately and therefore I have been away for awhile. The loss I'm speaking of was my husband's brother-in-law who was on a motorbike trip to spend a few days with us. The day he was to arrive I baked a ham, made scalloped potatoes, and a nice salad for dinner. His wife who was traveling by car had arrived late in the afternoon and informed us that her husband would probably be arriving an hour later. Dinner was ready, the table was set for four, and we finally decided to eat without him. We cleared the table except for his place setting, thinking he would arrive sooner or later. Hours later we received the call. I had been following the blog of an acquaintance of mine whose young husband was obviously dying and I was so impressed at the way she was handling her situation. It seemed she was saying her good-byes for at least a week. In our case, this was day two of a three week vacation and their minds were on relaxation, good times, seeing family and a one week bike ride and rally together as husband and wife. I just couldn't imagine what it would be like to suddenly switch gears, pack up and go home to make funeral arrangements! She did what she had to do though, and I think she did a great job. The services truly were a celebration of the life he lived and the life he stepped into from here on in. The following was a song he sang the sunday prior to the accident and I believe it is a good indication of what he was all about. When I listen to this song now, I imagine Larry singing at the top of his lungs in his bare feet because when he felt that he was in the presence of God he took his shoes off! Sing it, Larry!! (The pic is Larry on my bike last summer)

THE RIVER ..... by Brian Doerksen

To the river, I am going,
bringing sins I cannot bear
Come and cleanse me, come forgive me
Lord I need to meet you there.

Precious Jesus, I am ready
To surrender every care.
Take my hand now, lead me closer
Lord I need to meet you there.

In these waters, healing mercy
Flows with freedom from despair
I am going, to that river
Lord I need to meet you there.

Precious Jesus, I am ready
To surrender every care.
Take my hand now, lead me closer
Lord I need to meet you there.

Come and join us in the river
Come find rest beyond compare
He is calling, He is waiting
Jesus longs to meet us all there.

Precious Jesus, I am ready
To surrender every care.
Take my hand now, lead me closer
Lord I need to meet you there.




7 comments:

Michele said...

I love that song!

Uncle Larry...until we meet again...

Jobina said...

Awesome song! We've sung that in our church before and I love it, now every time we sing it I'll think of Larry singing barefoot... :o)

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Pam said...

Wow! The thought of his place setting at your dining table was quite poignant. I"m so glad he knew the Lord.

Elayne said...

I'm glad too Pam. Nice to meet you here!

Joyce D. said...

I was so shocked when I heard of his death.I chatted with Thelma yesterday at church ,as I had not yet had the opportunity to talk to her about that.My heart goes out to Judy and her family and also you and yours.

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