Monday, June 16, 2008

June Days

June has always been a bittersweet time of the year for me. In June there are happy and sad anniversaries, pretty close together. In 1989 as my wedding was being planned for June - my father died suddenly - eight days before my wedding. The day after my wedding, was Father's Day. Through the years, God's comfort and strength being ever near, I realized how only God can take a tragic time filled with grief and loss and transform lives with hope, peace and joy.
There was a choice to be made back in 1989 - to sit in despair or move forward. My family chose to move forward, and the very next step for us was a wedding and the beginnings of a new family. Of course I miss my father deeply and treasure the memories shared with him. He instilled a lot of knowledge and wisdom of life into me and unconditionally shared his love with me.
As I took the new steps of a new life with my new husband, I look back over the years and say that I am blessed beyond measure! God gave me a wonderful husband who is the true godly head of our home and a wonderful father to our sons.
So, as June and the anniversaries come each year, it is with fond memories I look back and with joy, hope and gratitude I look forward. A verse which I have held dear to my heart and has brought comfort countless times is found in II Corinthians:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. II Corinthians 1:3,4


  1. Oh, gosh, I am so sorry. That must be really hard. It must have been horrible at the time. I am glad you chose to move forward. Just know that one day you will see your sweet Dad again in heaven. I am so glad that the Lord blessed you with such a great husband and that he is such a great father to your kids.

    Gentle hugs, Sharon

  2. I am so sorry that your memories of your wedding include the death of your father. But God has given you a wonderful outlook on things and blessed you. We just celebrated our 22nd anniversay yesterday. We were married on Father's Day. I remember asking Daddy if he would say the closing prayer at my wedding and he said no, he would be crying too much.

  3. I'm so sorry you lost your loving dad at a time, when you wanted it to be the happiest day of your life. You have a great attitude. I'm so glad God blessed you with a wonderful husband. You will see your dad again and there will be no tears. Bless you, Kathi

  4. Joyce,

    That verse does give much comfort. I'm so sorry for your loss. Your dear father. I'm sure he was smiling down on you from Heaven. Your family was so wise to move forward with the wedding.



  5. I'm sorry for the loss of your Father. I can't even imagine all the emotions that faced you on your wedding day that year. But, I think the verse you have chosen on which to focus is GREAT. Our Lord does comfort us and carries our tribulations for us when we turn them over to Him.

    Have a great week!

  6. What a beautiful verse. I love this one too. I wish I didn't have to lean on it in this lifetime, but I have myself too.

    What a lovely story about persevering through grief and heartache.

    God is so awesome, isn't He?


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