Thankful through tears

     Often my childhood visits to my Grandmother included visits to her sisters. I remember a little of her sharing about their childhood. She had one brother, and we also visited his wife. After my Daddy died in July I reconnected with my one remaining Great-Aunt. On Thanksgiving day, she died. This afternoon I learned that her favorite song was Count Your Blessings. On this rainy evening, after a tear filled day, I'll share some blessings apparent even in tragedy.

     I'm thankful that after driving through scenic, winding, muddy roads we did end up at the little white church. I'm thankful we didn't get stuck (though we almost ended up unintentionally mud riding at the grave site) and that we didn't run out of gas.

      Last year we celebrated the Advent season with an Advent wreath and a Jessie tree. This year on this first day of Advent, we celebrated the life of my Great Aunt. We filled the church; her pastor said we were there to give thanks for her life. In this season of celebrating Christ's birth, death is on my mind. I am thankful that death on this earth is not a final ending, and I know that one day we will be together again in heaven with all who believe in our Christ Jesus who we celebrate not just this season but every day.


  1. Weep with those who weep...

    I am sorry that the season has started out this way for your family.

    Yet, we can grieve with hope. What a wonderful hope we have to be re-united with our loved ones again, for all eternity. A gift!

    We will keep your family in prayer.

    So glad you are joining us for this meme.


  2. I am sorry for your loss :(

  3. Prayers to you and your family at this time.

  4. I'm sorry for your loss, but so glad that you also have hope in Christ to see you through.

  5. I'm so sorry. She is with Jesus now...

  6. So sorry for your loss. I will pray for you and your family.

  7. So sorry for your loss, but how wonderful that you are continuing to look for blessings in the midst of your sadness. That is what real joy is, I think - not based on circumstances but in the hope that she is with Jesus and you will see her again.


  8. I am sorry for your loss.
    Lizzie TOS Crew

  9. Jennifer,

    While it is definitely a sad way to begin Advent, as you already said knowing that there is a life better than this waiting for us helps to soothe the soul. My husband's family has seen far more deaths during this time of year than the average family and some members want to shut the door on all things Christmas. I'd much rather rejoice even through the pain of loss.

    Praying that memories of your beloved Great Aunt outshine those of pain.


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