“Remember that in God’s family, you are never alone. Wherever you wander, no matter how cold and dark the night, may the love of your parents, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the fellowship of his church, and the quiet presence of the Holy Spirit be with you always. Go with God’s blessing. Amen. May 2010”

The above words were printed and placed inside books given to our three high school graduates the day GGCC had the “Blessing of Graduates” ceremony. Another of the meaningful Rites of Passage we celebrate. That was an especially memorable day. We had already attended the graduation ceremony, celebrated with a party and gone to many other parties. And there we were at God’s Grace on Sunday morning. Having my aunt and parents from Illinois with us, made the time even more meaningful and special. My aunt Brenda has been a shining example of that “rock of faith” individual, throughout my entire life. I can count on one hand the number of times my dad has been inside a “church” with us…he was just never a “church goer.” It was perfect that Sharm Sheuerman spoke that morning, as sports have always played such an important part of my dad’s life.

It has been an emotional last few weeks, though it was unusual for me to have not shed tears during this momentous time in my kids’ life. I almost feel that I have been an outsider looking in on the happenings of my family’s life. Have I detached myself in order to accept that we are all about to start a new journey in August? Are there so many things happening in the news (oil spill, flooding, tornados, missing children) that my thoughts and prayers are consumed with “bigger” things? Why do I feel as though if someone pulls that one loose thread hanging from me, that I may unravel?

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil 4:13

….on the laminated card that Julie gave the Wednesday Women the last meeting of our group before we broke for summer vacation. Little did any of us know that day, as we shared lunch and laughter and plans for vacations, etc. that one of our Wednesday sisters would suffer the loss of her son just a few weeks later. In the days since that news arrived, my suppressed tears have flowed freely. They are the tears of joy for journeys about to begin and tears of sadness for journeys ended. I have kept the laminated card close at hand. Sitting in Mike’s funeral yesterday ( a true celebration of his life,) I felt the overwhelming sense of God’s loving arms wrapped around the mourning family and friends assembled there. May they all feel the comfort and peace of their firm faith in the weeks, months and years ahead.

As for me…I will continue to be a card-carrying member of God’s earthly family

I pray that my kids hold onto the message from that printed sticker inside those books…Let the journey begin.

Andrea Heshmati

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1. Julie wrote:
Beautiful words and wisdom. Thanks for sharing...Julie

Fri, June 25, 2010 @ 4:56 PM

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