Grace to Carry On



I wrote the post titled “Life and Death” on June 15, 2018. I never dreamed, could never have imagined that two years later I would lose yet another person I love so dearly.

This quote from that post is so true –

“We fear it (death), yet most of us fear more than anything that it may take someone other than ourselves. For the greatest fear of death is always that it will pass us by. And leave us there alone.” – from A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Chuck didn’t fear death. He knew where his hope was. I knew that, too. I know that. But, the sadness is still here. Sadness that his face will no longer light up when his children or grandchildren enter the room. Sadness that we talked, dreamed, and finally planned for his retirement and our return home to Jacksonville.  That return was overlaid with sorrow. For him, that return lasted one month. Now he is truly home, and I’m left here to carry on.

Hebrews 4:16 – Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

2 thoughts on “Grace to Carry On

  1. It’s good to see you writing tonight. I remember the movie where Ove was so lonely
    After his wife died and he was forced to retire. He had no life apart from his wife and job and until the new neighbors moved in he had no reason to live.
    I’m thankful that we can be assured that your life has a special purpose as you push forward as our Lord has placed before you another blank page with which you can fill
    It with expressions of hope while sharing your life experiences and convictions.
    I spoke yesterday with a dear friend who lost her husband two years ago following a brief illness. They had been married about 63 years. She said that the hardest thing for her is the loneliness as she lives alone in her home and with the virus restrictions she doesn’t get out very much. Thankfully she can go to church and her daughter comes over with groceries. She said she has ventured out to the local Dollar Store several times early in the morning. 😊. But June likes to stay busy and does baking muffins to share with friends and neighbors.

    We love you and please keep writing.

    Sent from my iPad

  2. Good morning Angie. I was just rereading your post and thought how much peace it brought to Chuck knowing that you were back in Jacksonville. You were both “back home” and now you will carry on, still lookin to his past counsel as you make decisions in days to come.
    Love you dearly friend,
    It’s good to see you writing.

    Sent from my iPad

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