February 05, 2008

comfort



It comes in so many different forms for so many different reasons. Some are silly. Some make you laugh. Some rescue your heart from breaking. Some are quiet. Some hold your hand when you feel lonely. Some just listen.

I have lots...in no particular order

Chocolate chip cookies (I swear they make me happy)
Coldplay (so soothing)
My journal (it has saved me from insanity and loneliness more times than I can tell)
My cozy bed (a good night's sleep is always a comfort after a rough day)
Scrubs (Zach Braff can make me smile on the worst days)
Psalms 139 (never fails me. never. guess this could be the entire Bible)
Old notes from friends (there is a reason I save them)
Hugs (nothing better than a good hug from dear friends/family)
Friends (whether in person or thru email or a phone call.)
Family (the ultimate you can get on earth)
Instrumental soundtracks (Battlestar, John Williams, James Horner)
Photos (those frozen moments in time)
The water (the river, Bay, ocean...from a pier or the beach or just about any where else)

Today I was comforted immensely by just the presence of beloved friends and family.
We buried my grandfather today.
And just the fact that those special people, who had to take off of work and drive so very far were there to give us (me and my family) a hug and tell us they loved us, well, I can't put into words how it felt.
It was so wonderful to see all them.
It was so right to have them there.
Just knowing that they were sitting there. Just knowing that they cared enough to take the time to do this.
There is no better definition for comfort or love.
They were the arms and face of Jesus today.
I remember why each one of them are so very special to us. Why our connection is much more than just a "family member" or a "friend." And how Jesus binds the hearts of believers together, so we can comfort each other when the world is hard.
It was a tough day, but the burden was so much lighter because it was shared.
Thank you, each of you, for your love.

4 comments:

Audrey said...

April,
I'm sorry to hear that you lost your Grandfather! I know you take comfort in the fact that he is with Jesus today!!!
((((HUGS))))
Audrey

Anonymous said...

April,
It was wonderful to see you all! I am sorry that it took a funeral to get us together. If there is anything that you ever need, just give us a call, email, etc....we are hear for you.
Love,
Amy
*You have an adorable nephew!*

Anonymous said...

April, I am so sorry to hear about your grandfather. I'm glad you had lots of friends and family support. We will be praying for your family. We love you!

love, Jon, Diana, Jake and Maiella

Pat said...

You made me cry. That was such a sweet way of expressing your feelings.

Aunt Pat