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Jerardy's Not In There

James asks/states "Jerardy's not in there!? Jerardy died." as he
looks at this recent photo taken while we were at Eden Nature Park.
And sadness etches on his face. Tears are in his eyes.
He accepts a hug from me, runs off to get his Tigger, returns
to my lap and snuggles for a while.

Pray for James and for all of us as we process our grief at the loss of Jerard.

Psalm 102

102 Hear my prayer, O Lord;
let my cry come to you!
2 Do not hide your face from me in the day of my distress!
Incline your ear to me; answer me speedily in the day when I call!

3 For my days pass away like smoke, and my bones burn like a furnace.
4 My heart is struck down like grass and has withered; I forget to eat my bread.
5 Because of my loud groaning my bones cling to my flesh.
6 I am like a desert owl of the wilderness, like an owl[a] of the waste places;
7 I lie awake; I am like a lonely sparrow on the housetop......

11 My days are like an evening shadow; I wither away like grass.

12 But you, O Lord, are enthroned forever; you are remembered throughout all generations.
13 You will arise and have pity on Zion; ........

17 he regards the prayer of the destitute and does not despise their prayer.

18 Let this be recorded for a generation to come, so that a people yet to be created may praise the Lord:
19 that he looked down from his holy height; from heaven the Lord looked at the earth,
20 to hear the groans of the prisoners, to set free those who were doomed to die,
21 that they may declare in Zion the name of the Lord, and in Jerusalem his praise,
22 when peoples gather together, and kingdoms, to worship the Lord.

23 He has broken my strength in midcourse; he has shortened my days.
24 "O my God," I say, "take me not away in the midst of my days--
you whose years endure throughout all generations!"

25 Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.
26 They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment.
You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away,
27 but you are the same, and your years have no end.
28 The children of your servants shall dwell secure; their offspring shall be established before you.

Stones of Remembrance

Just as God commanded the Israelites in Joshua 4 to gather stones of remembrance,
and as He had them place stones of remembrance in the priests' robes (Exodus 28 and 39),
we, too, have stones of remembrance for Jerard.

The day after Jerard was buried, James and I encircled the grave site with stones. We also brought some of them home as a remembrance of Jerard.

Today, when I visited the grave site, I was pleased to find his grave stone had been placed on his grave.

2 Cor. be absent from the body, and to be present
with the Lord.

Glad Jerard is present with Jesus. But missing him deeply here.

Eden Nature Park June 2012

A friend took us to Eden Nature Park for a three day getaway. It was very enjoyable. Nice to be in cooler weather!

(more photos can be found at my facebook account)