Friday, September 14, 2012

My Brother, Lorne


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.
Fresh Corn,
Homemade buns, 
Rempels farmer sausage, 
Apple Perishky, 
Canned peaches...
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."


  1. I'm so sorry that your reunion with your brother wasn't the fun one you were anticipating, but I'm sure he loved the support you offered him. Times like these are hard, but force us to trust in the "plan" and the real purpose of this life. I believe that families can be eternal and that we will have wonderful times together again. I'm sure his influence will be felt time and time again. Hang in there-sounds like your plate is pretty full.

  2. Oh Marg - I'm so sorry to hear this news!!! What a beautiful post you've written in his honour (tears are flowing) You were standing on Holy Ground as you surrounded him!! Huge hugs and prayers to you and yours as you grieve the loss of this special brother!!!

  3. Marg, my heart is crying for you and your siblings right now. This must be so hard for you all, except for the promise in the lovely verse you shared. May that knowledge give you peace. Dairymary

  4. Celebrating his life and the meaningful moments you all had with him at the end, most of all, imagining his reunion with all who have gone before. May God comfort all of you.
    Cousin Sharon

  5. The love and the care and thoughtfulness from you his sister will have been special to him many times. I smile as I see you in the kitchen packing up all Loren's favourites....with joy. Serving till the end. The baton your mom passed on to you for life is being lived out well Marg.
    Our condolences to you and your family in your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Thank you for sharing the verse with us that Loren gave to you. Joy will come and last forever....precious promise to hold on to.

  6. I'm so sorry for your sadness. May God give you the comfort He has promised.

  7. So sorry to hear this sad news! You've been on a roller coaster ride, flying high with wedding excitement and then plummeting down with death in the family. May you be comforted with God's peace and the hope of the joys in heaven.

  8. So sorry for your loss. Thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.

  9. I am sorry to hear about your dear brother. The verse he sent at Christmas is such a sweet comfort. Lifting you and your family in prayer.

  10. Marg .. it's truly been a season for everything this year for you!
    As I read this I remeber how you told of the package you were putting together for your brother, not knowing that this trip would have another purpose. What a gift to have that verse given to you for such a time as this. May God's comfort and the hope of glory fill all your hearts as you've said "aufwiedersehen" to him.
    (I love the German expression becasue it refers to "see you again."

  11. So sorry to hear of your brother's passing. What a beautiful verse. The doctors gave no hope but God gave hope in that verse...I'll be praying for you and the family as you prepare to celebrate Lorne's life. Hugs.

  12. Marg, this is a beautiful post of refections on your appreciation for your brother and the peacefulness that comes with knowing he had made peace with God. May God continue to give you comfort in this milestone that was unexpected by you but not by God.

  13. A beautiful tribute to your brother, Marg. Harv also sends his condolences. He knew Lorne in Bible School. May God grant comfort and many good memories.

    1. Marg we send our condolances to your family. I can still remember your family encouraging uncle Dan with the passage of running the race and encouraging him to reach his goal--heaven-- your tribute is beautifull and often get so busy in our life that we don't take time to really look at our future in Heaven. So glad that we can say we'll "meet again". May God continue to hold you in His arms and circle your family with His love at this time.
      That verse given to you at Christmas is also special to us, as Dave has Pulmonary Fibrosis and is on oxygen.We never know when our turn will come to "enjoy the joys of heaven" but yet those left will feel the emptiness and loss of a brother,father and good friend. So sorry we can't come and be there for the celebration of Lorne's life.

  14. Great post, Marg. ((HUGS))

  15. What a wonderful tribute to your brother. Thank you for sharing. We will be praying for you and your family as you come together to celebrate his life this weekend. May you feel peace and blessings.....

  16. It's not how you had planned it...but we know God's timing is perfect. What a beautiful tribute to your brother! And what a timely reminder that our troubles are will last forever. Hugs to you!

  17. So sorry to hear about your loss. May your faith and your memories sustain you through this difficult time. Hugs to call, Carol

  18. I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm sure he's happy now that he came home to our Lord. He's beside Him now looking at his loved ones and guiding them. He's now your angel.
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