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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Your Dying Spouse 685 - A Giant Passes

Barbara's da, Richard 'Dick' Schmeisser died today. He'd been ill for a long time, so it wasn't unexpected.

But still.

He was my wife's beloved father. And he was the greatest man I ever met.

Barbara, this is for you.

Where have the golden days all gone
that defined whom I've become?
Why am I left all alone
under a cold and burning sun?
Where's the rock that was my shield,
why has he gone away?
How could such a giant yield
unto a dying day?
They say that parting's not forever
and that we shall meet again,
but years ahead seem to cry, "Never!"
and in the meanwhile comes the pain.
Please help me, Lord, I am undone,tell me Your morning's yet to come.

Music from the Dropkick Murphys, with Forever.

Thanks to Carol Ashby, Blessed Are The Pure Of Heart is back on Kindle, and will be available in paperback soon.

Friends are everything. I couldn't have done it.

Marley, the canine waif from Afghanistan, whom WE helped save, has a Facebook page! Please drop by to see how happy he is today.

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  1. (((((Barbara)))))

    What a wonderful Great Reunion it will be when you meet him again in Heaven and you are both fully restored!

    Annie in Texas

    1. ((((((Annie!))))))

      Yes it will. It will indeed.

  2. I’m so very sorry for your loss. 😟

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    1. Morning is coming, Susan, in a place where beer for breakfast is not only allowed but encouraged.

      Remember the old irish blessing: "May you spend eternity with the Holy Family beside a lake of beer."

  4. Andrew, what a wonderful legacy to Barbara's father and your dear friend. Morning is right around the corner. Don't lose hope. Every promise of God is true. Haven't been on here much, but the prayers have not stopped.

    1. Mary, thank you for this. Even in the darkest, coldest night, hope oes survive, and will eventually be triumphantly validated.

      We're so grateful for your prayers!

  5. Barbara and Andrew, I am truly sorry for your loss. We've recently discovered losing a parent is painful. I am praying God's comfort for you in this painful season.

    1. Jeanne, thank you so much, and please know that our prayers are with Wendel, and you.

  6. What a beautiful gift to write for your wife. You both are in my prayers tonight. May the Lord bring you His comfort.

    1. Bettie, thank you so much, from both of us...and please forgive the tardiness of my reply.