Wednesday, April 28, 2010

once again, a day of contrasts

Today, I take food to the funeral of a young man (16) who drowned in an area river.

Today, I need to buy/make 4 sympathy cards one for the husband of a sweet lady who passed away over a week ago, two for the mother/daughter at Bible study who lost their sister/aunt and one for the wife of our (retired) college president who died yesterday.

Today,though, I am excited about our trip up north.

The choir sang this beautiful song in church Sunday:

Where Joy And Sorrow Meet

There’s a place of quiet stillness ‘tween the light and shadows reach
Where the hurting and the hopeless seek everlasting peace
Words of men and songs of angels whisper comfort bittersweet
Mending grief and life eternal where joy and sorrow meet

There is a place where hope remains
In crowns of thorns and crimson stains
And tears that fall on Jesus’ feet
Where joy and sorrow meet

There’s a place the lost surrender and the weary will retreat
Full of grace and mercy tender in times of unbelief
For the wounded there is healing, strength is given to the weak
Broken hearts find love redeeming where joy and sorrow meet

There’s a place of thirst and hunger where the roots of faith grow deep
And there is rain and rolling thunder when the road is rough and steep
There is hope in desperation there is victory in defeat
At the cross of restoration where joy and sorrow meet.

My excitement is tempered by the pain and grief others are feeling. I pray that their sorrow will be touched by the joy spoken of in this song. For I know that He is faithful and the God of all comfort.


Becky said...

I think one of the most common reactions we have to losing a loved one, is the shock to see the rest of the world going along as if nothing has happened. And yet, there is such a contrast and it is true that life goes on. Looking forward to your trip too ...

cheri said...

So true, Becky.