It’s kind of like being tongue-tied.   That’s how I have felt for the past week because I’ve been wanting to post something on my blog but it’s not been easy to formulate words for my thoughts.   If you read Norm’s blog then you know that we found out a week ago that his son passed away last month.   He was 35 years old and he will be sorely missed by those who knew and loved him.

The evening that Norm and I learned of his son’s passing we had planned to meet our friends Terry and Tracy for our usual Friday night get-together at Wienerschnitzel.   They were a great help by just listening to Norm and being the dear friends they are to us.   Many others who are friends and family have been praying for us and offering words of sympathy and encouragement.   God is good even through the toughest times in life.

Life goes on, as the saying goes, but when someone you love dearly is hurting it consumes much of your thoughts.   One’s own mortality and the knowledge that life could be cut short at any time comes to the forefront.   What do you say and how are you supposed to act when such a tragedy occurs?   There are times when it just hits you and all you can do is grieve and mourn.

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said, “You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you.   Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.” (Matthew 5 The Message paraphrase)

Thank you God for embracing us as we mourn.


  1. pj
    May 19, 2007

    There is an old Spiritual which says: “Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen, Nobody knows but Jesus.” God can embrace us because He knows and there is no embrace quite like the one you get from someone who knows.

  2. Jason
    May 19, 2007

    Hi Karen,

    I randomly came across your website and saw that you have been blogging for quite some time and thought that was really great. My condolences on your recent blog. I run my own web development company in Scottsdale, AZ and if you need any minor work, we will do it for Free.

    Jason M. Shipley

  3. pb
    May 20, 2007

    My condolences, Karen.

    Take good care of Norm.


  4. Tracy
    May 21, 2007

    You and Norm are family and as in any family, we are here for you. I have a daily devotional on my desk and I thought today’s was a good one to share.
    Every tear that falls blooms into a memory to cherish forever.

    We love you,

    Tracy & Terry