November 11, 2010
On November 9, 2010, a young man from my community was killed in a vehicle crash. He had a fiance and a new daughter who is 5 weeks old.
The entire community stepped up. There were offers of assistance and shoulders to cry on. Neighbors and friends carried in food to the grieving family's home. My small town has few amenities. Sometimes I wish for more activities like a movie theater or a large grocery store, but during times of need I see, oh so clearly, why I continue to live here and raise my children here.
The unselfishness of every member of the community shines through during times of need, sorrow and grief.
I am home in Heaven, dear ones;
Oh, so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty
In this everlasting light.
All the pain and suffering is over
Every restless tossing passed;
I am now at peace forever,
Safely home in Heaven at last.
Did you wonder I so calmly
Trod the valley of the shade?
Oh! but Jesus' love illumined
Every dark and fearful glade.
And he came Himself to meet me
In that way so hard to tread
And with Jesus' arm to lean on
Could I have one doubt or dread?
Then you must not grieve so sorely,
For I love you dearly still:
Try to look beyond earth's shadows,
Pray to trust our Father's will.
There is still work waiting for you,
So you must not idly stand;
Do it now, while life remaineth-
You shall rest in Jesus' land.
When that work is completed,
He will gently call you home;
Oh, the rapture of that meeting,
Oh, the joy to see you come!
- Unknown author