Monday, December 30, 2013

a sad void in the New Year

The call comes at an unusual time of day,
and we know something is not right.

Nothing ever prepares you for the unexpected shock;
'Roger didn't make it.'
A trip to the hospital, a collapsed lung, cardiac arrest.
Words we hope never ever to hear.

“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.”
  - C.S. Lewis

As I write, Mark is traveling to be with his mother
in the loss of Roger, her beloved husband, 
the gentle, cheerful grandfather of our children,

Fort Pulaski, 2008
and Mark's kind stepfather of almost 20 years.

Celebrating last New Year - January 1st, 2013
Just last New Year we were all together;
Mark's family joined around the table,
laughing, sharing,
celebrating the turn of another year.

This New Year there is such a sad void,
and something very much amiss
without him.
We love you, Roger, and our hearts miss you already.

“Give sorrow words; 
the grief that does not speak 
knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.”
  -William Shakespeare

So we give words to our sorrow, and invite you to please pray:
* for Mark's mother in her grief 
* for the rest of the family
* For Mark as he travels (giving thanks that his passport, visa and tickets came together so smoothly)
* for the rest of us in Mark's absence.
thank you, dear friends...


Anonymous said...

We are so sorry to hear this, Barbara and Mark and family. You are in our prayers. --Becky & Scott

Betsy Cruz said...

May the Lord give you much grace during this difficult time. How sad for your family. Hard to be so far. I'm glad your husband was able to go. Blessings and joy to you.

us5 said...

thanks for prayers, Becky and Scott ♥

and for your care, Betsy ♥

we're blessed by you...

Anonymous said...

So sorry for your loss. marks in our prayers.
Hank n Jane

Rosalie said...

Love you all and praying!

Judy said...

I'd been trying to remember how long it was since Jennifer and Roger married...and Mark told us last night it was almost 20 years. So your kids have never known Jennifer without Roger! We liked Roger--very nice man. Will not seem right to see Jennifer without him.

us5 said...

thanks to all of you who have written and emailed to let us know of your care and prayers. we truly treasure every single prayer. ♥