Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Life Goes On

The computer models are suggesting a heavy rain event on Thursday. Three to five inches of rain won't be out of the question as well as some flooding. If you live in a low-lying area, be watchful to rising waters. We will have a brief break on Friday, just in time for more rain over the weekend.

Today I sang at the funeral for my best friend's father. The family requested an old favorite "His Eye in on the Sparrow". Singing at a funeral is never an easy thing to do. I tried my best to keep my eyes fixed at the back of the chapel and not look at my friend Carolyn. I knew if I did, my voice would start to crack and I would lose it.

While we were making the trip with the funeral procession from the funeral home to the cemetary, I was reminded at how life continues on. The police escort did everything they could to keep us separated from the other traffic, but people needed to travel to their destinations. While at the graveside service I heard a train blowing its horn, a firetruck pass with sirens blasting and birds chirping. It reminded me that life goes on despite the death of a loved one.

Then I thought back to the words in the song I sang:

"Why should I feel discouraged? Why should the shadows come? Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heaven and home? When Jesus is my portion. A constant friend is He. His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me."

He watches over us during our time of grief and loneliness. That's the kind of God we serve--a God that takes action and loves us through it all.

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