I was doing some much-needed downsizing the other day. After cleaning out some storage cabinets, I moved on to dresser drawers. Inside, I found a huge stack of sympathy cards sent to me when my husband, Roy, died several years ago. I took the cards, sat in my recliner and read them all one more time.
One card caused me to do a double-take when I read it. It said, “We rejoice with you, Joan…” What? Rejoice? Did I read it right? I read it again—this time slowly and completely. You can be sure I spent a lot of time wiping away tears.
As that card read, it was time to rejoice in God’s grace, knowing “that Roy is with God in his eternal rest.” After all, isn’t that what celebrating life is all about?
This message is an excerpt from “Moving on” by Joy Amundsen in the September 2017 issue of Gather magazine.
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