Friday, April 23, 2010

Flashback Friday - Grief

Editor's Note: I haven't been posting or commenting much this week. My final is tomorrow and I've got a huge project to finish by the end of next week. I'll be back on my regular schedule soon. Thanks for stopping by.




Kind of a morbid subject don't you think? Linda at Mocha with Linda has given this prompt because one of our dear blogging friends grieves the loss of a sweet friend. Here is her question of the week:

While I don't want this to be a gloomy or painful Flashback Friday, I thought it would be interesting to reflect on how we experienced grief in our early years.
How old were you (approximately) when you attended your first funeral? Did your parents shield you from death and grief or was it viewed as a natural part of life? Did you experience any significant loss(es) in your growing up years? What were your early impressions of death and dying? And while I do not intend this in any irreverent way, are there any amusing memories associated with a death or funeral? If you have kids, how have you handled this subject with them? Feel free to share as vulnerably or as shallowly as you want!
I'm taking a little different spin. -- Death surrounds us almost daily. We hear about it on the news. It may be a soldier fighting in Afghanistan who is killed in battle. There is an accident on the freeway that has taken the life of a family. It might be the passing of a dear friend. What ever the situation, it is never easy to lose someone to death.

Yet, for those who have accepted Christ, death is just the beginning of an eternal life with Him. He conquered death for us. I think Rick said it better than I can:

May the passing of your dear one be lessened by knowing that you will see them again in heaven when you rejoice and praise Jesus together. If you're not sure about your eternal destiny, accept Jesus today, This Day!

Peace and Joy,
Susan

Romans 10:9 (NIV) That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

17 comments:

~*Michelle*~ said...

Not sure why God brought me here as my first blog to visit......but maybe it's because I just posted about Heaven this week.

I know God has plans for me on this earth and with His love/strength/etc I plan on enJOYing every day I can....., but I am anxious to be dancing on the Streets of Gold as well!

skoots1mom said...

:)

~*~KIMBERLY~*~ said...

Great post Susan. I'll be praying for your finals. I can feel the excitement of your impending graduation. Congrats!

Mocha with Linda said...

Amen. Death for the believer is but a door to an amazing eternity.

Mari said...

I love that you used Ricks doodle in this - it's perfect. What a blessing it is to know where our loved ones are!

Rick said...

Hey Hey! You posted one of my doodles! Kimberly told me she found my site via yours. Thanks for posting it and thank you for the links. But you broke rulle #1. You didn't tell me. I always like to come visit my doodles when they're hanging out at other blogs. :-) Thanks again and stay "tooned."

Lindsey said...

AMEN!!!!!!

gigi said...

Good one, Susan. Good luck with your finals and have a blessed weekend!

KrippledWarrior said...

We're joined in eternity. Now that's a reason to celebrate. Study hard...

Heart2Heart said...

Susan,

We completely understand your absence at this time, and completely support you. You are going to do wonderful and can't wait to hear how you did.

Thanks for sharing this amazing Doodle of Ricks. He definitely is one talented man!

No truer words could have been spoken on the subject and that is why sometimes the funerals of believers is so much different than that of an unbeliever.

Stop by when you can, I miss seeing you.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

You border is SO, SO cute...an intersting post and one I will have to think about....I have not had much blog time recently....Have a GREAT WEEKEND....
Teresa

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

Amen, amen and amen!

Blessings
R

rita said...

Thanks, Susan.
Special student-blessings to you as you finish up.

christy rose said...

What a great post about the glory of death Susan! If we can remember how glorious it is for the one who has gone on to be with the Lord, we might be able to see death in a much better perspective. amen!

Lori said...

Weel said Susan! Best wishes and prayers heading your way as you wind up the semester.

Sara said...

Susan, I wanted to thank you for being a part of my first year of blogging! What a wonderful year it has been. I'm throwing a little party and as an honored guest, I would love for you to stop by and share a highlight of your year with all of us.

http://justsarahdawn.blogspot.com/2010/04/cactus-happy.html

Cactus Happy,
Sara

Greg C said...

I have only been to a few funerals. My grandmothers' was the first. I would say I have been to less than 10 in my lifetime. I really don't like going to them.