One day last week I sat studying the program from Jud’s memorial service, stunned it’s been two years.
January 17, 2015
On the front cover’s Jud’s smiling face, last official photo at Gordon College 2011. Back page shows our family, most smiling, supported by the railing and each other on a catamaran off the coast of Maui 2013, celebrating our 50th. The pages in between contained words: scripture, poetry, names of participants, musical pieces, reflections, hymns and another photo.
As before, it’s Jud’s photo on the inside back cover that holds my heart and strengthens my resolve. He’s bald, head bowed, eyes closed, standing outside in a worn sweater and open collared shirt. Vulnerable. Quiet.We’d gone to New Hampshire to visit friends, Gordon and Gail, and to celebrate Jud’s birthday. As was our custom, we group hugged and prayed our farewells. Gordon snapped the picture, capturing the face of a man at peace. Still life.
Lyrics from one of the hymns sung at the service, reminded me why Jud’s at peace when his body and world were falling apart.
Maybe these words will encourage you, as they have me.
“Be still, my soul! the Lord is on thy side;
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change He faithful will remain.
Be still, my Soul! thy best, thy heavenly Friend thro’ thorny ways leads to a joyful end.”
As I look at the photo, I draw strength from Jud’s calm resolve.
When I consider the future, mine and our country’s, I take courage and hope from, “Leave to thy God to order and provide; In every change He faithful will remain.”
Not all’s repealable.
Be Still, My Soul!
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