This year has been filled with milestones for me.
And each milestone has been exceptional.
I've just paused my wedding posts for a few days,
in order to take time to reflect about my brother Lorne.
We were driving to Kamloops this weekend visiting my brother Lorne,
meeting him Saturday afternoon.
My care package was carefully made, specifically knowing that I was
making his favorite foods.
Rempels farmer sausage,
just the things he requested.
The phone rang just before we were about to leave....
with the news you don't want to hear.
"Loren is back in the hospital."
He had experienced heart failure three months ago...
but we all thought he was on his way to recovery..
These times come unexpected and there's never a good time for illness.
Our anniversary celebrations were suddenly cut short,
and we found ourselves together with all our siblings,
standing around his bedside.
The Doctors did their best but could not give us any HOPE!
We held hands.....
We prayed for Lorne...
We read scriptures for Lorne...
We shared tears for Lorne...
We laughed for Lorne....
We held hands and released him to God.
He left us very peacefully and we knew that he was with a host of angels.
He was called home....a bit early,
But it gave us all joy to know that he was ready to meet his God.
Loren, you've run your race.
You've shared your life with family and friends.
You have taught me so much more about life.
Thank you for sharing your spirit with me.
I'm giving the verse back to you that you gave me at Christmas.
He loved the King James Version,
"While we look not at the things which are seen,
but at the things which are not seen:
for the things which are seen are temporal,
but the things which are not seen are eternal."
but I love this version from the Living Bible.
"So we do not look at what we can see right now, the troubles all around us,
but we look forward to the joys in heaven which we have not yet seen.
The troubles will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever."
2 Corinthians 4:18
Now I know why you gave me that verse...
"You saved the best for the last."