Saturday, October 04, 2008

The Joy is in the Journey

Music: Church in the Wildwood (Gaithers)

Well, as most of you know by now, our family has lost a very dear friend this past week. Someone who has been right there by our side for many, many years. He's like a brother that I never had and along with my husband and his wife, all four of us have shared the last thirty-six years in so many ways. We've celebrated joys together as well as sorrowful times, and whenever my husband and I were encountering times of trouble in life, it was this special couple that were always there for us.

Tonight we looked at old photo albums, as well as more recent ones. I guess we were really trying to rekindle memories that we had shared with him. Many photos of special occasions like birthdays, graduations, weddings we all had attended together over the years, fishing expeditions, barbecues and the list just goes on........

My first thoughts are of the many times when we'd get together that I never really said how much his friendship meant to us. I'm sure he knew, but now I'm realizing that I should have just taken that time to say it out loud. We all take so much for granted and get caught up in our own lives and events that we sometimes don't take that step back to tell those we care about, just how important they are in our lives.

His death was very sudden and there was no warning. As I look back on my husband's struggles over these past few months, I realize that our family has been so very blessed for the time we have had together and all we have shared.

My friend will be sadly missed, but our family will reflect back on all of the years we have had the priviledge to know him, the countless times that he's been there for us and the joy that he has given to all of us along life's journey!


Anonymous said...

My deepest sympathies on the loss of your long time friend. Losing someone is always difficult.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this with your viewers. Time will make things much easier, but you will never forget him.