Thursday, April 22, 2010

Reality, Illusion, Temporary, Permanent, Truth and Error

My dear sweet sister passed away two weeks ago yesterday. I have continued wrestling with all those memories to this very moment in time. My conclusion so far is this: no man ever had more caring parents than did I, no man ever had a finer wife and children than do I and no man ever had a more wonderful sister than did I. I am, of all men, most blessed! Thank You God for Your grace, mercy and lovingkindness towards me all the days of my life! Thank you, God, for Carol Lynne. I will miss her until I see her again!

Another blessing I received was this: my dear friend and brother-in-law, Bob Lovell, found something wonderful and exciting in Carol's purse. Not many people get a glimpse into the mindset of a loved one as they pass from one life to the next, but we received such a glimpse from Carol at her passing. She possessed the following on the day of her death and I want to share it with you. I have since found this on the internet in numerous places but no one gives an author. It is of great comfort to Bob and I:

Handy Little Chart - God Has A Positive Answer:

(1) You say: "It's impossible." God says; "All things are possible!" Luke 18:27
(2) You say; "I'm too tired." God says; "I will give you rest!" Matthew 11:28-30 (3) You say; "Nobody really loves me." God says; "I love you!" John 3:16 (4) You say; "I can't go on." God says; "My grace is sufficent." II Corinthians 12:9 (5) You say; "I can't figure things out." God says; "I will direct your steps!" Proverbs 3:5-6 (6) You say; "I can't do it." God says; "You can do all things!" Philippians 4:13 (7) You say; "I am not able." God says; "I am able!" II Corinthians 9:8 (8) You say; "It's not worth it." God says; "I will be worth it! Romans 8:28 (9) You say; "I can't forgive myself." God says; "I forgive you!" I John 1:9; Romans 8:1 (10) You say; "I can't manage." God says; "I will supply all your needs!" Philippians 4:19 (11) You say; "I'm afraid." God says; "I have not given you a spirit of fear!" II Timothy 1:7 (12) You say; "I'm always worried and frustrated." God says; "Cast all your cares on ME!" I Peter 5:7 (13) You say; "I'm not smart enough." God says; "I give you wisdom!" I Corinthians 1:30 (14) You say; "I feel all alone." God says; "I will never leave you or forsake you!" Hebrews 13:5
As I have pondered these scriptures, I have come to the conclusion that Carol clearly understood the Great Commandment to "Love the Lord with all your heart mind and soul and love your neighbor as yourself." She understood the words of our Lord that observed on these words that "all the law and the prophets hang on this!" For a whole host of reasons I thank God that Carol left this sheet of paper in her purse. It is of much comfort and the baton of truth has been passed on to every one who reads these words.

The fact that Carol left these wonderful thoughts for us confirms the following for Bob and I -- and I hope for you as well. That which we see and regard as reality is but a temporary illusion. Truth endures forever and error will soon pass away. Life is but a vapor and soon passes away. This world is not our home and we are but strangers and sojourners in the land. Those who remain must pick up Carol's staff and continue the work in God's vineyard for "He wills that all be saved and none be lost!" Love never fails...

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1 comment:

Jerrold said...


We were saddened to hear of your loss, old friend. Also, we regret missing you in Tulsa, but very proud of Philip's stepping up as he did, yet again.

We are very glad that to know that Carol found such happiness and love and focus in her life, and also that you are comforted by these good memories.

Thank God for the assurance of eternal reunion.

Jerrold and Connie

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