Thursday, October 25, 2012

Running The Streets of Gold

Final Farewells were said yesterday as a sister in Christ was laid to rest.  I know that time does not permit all to share their feelings and memories at a service, so I leave them with you now.  Collecting my thoughts on paper brings peace and closure to difficult situations.  I'll have more to share in the days ahead. 

This picture of Ruth is my favorite.  It reminds me of all the times I stopped
in at her house - she wasn't dressed up, wearing her glasses, just busy
taking care of her family, yet she always took the time to talk to me. 

You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be Your name

Many can attest to the wonderful life that Ruth leaves behind.  But there are few that have witnessed the harmonious gathering of friends and family these past days.  No dwelling could contain all those who love Ruth, so the house at the end of the cul-de-sac has been overflowing since Saturday.  People come and are reluctant to leave a place so saturated with the love and hospitality left by the lady of the house. 

There you’ll be greeted first by Louis, the family dog.  He’s in desperate need of attention and a bath these days.  I think he’s saddened just like the rest of us.  As you enter the house you’ll notice that no one is in charge, yet everyone has a purpose there and this clan of friends, family and neighbors runs like a finely tuned machine.  Over a dozen children play; a cell phone is always ringing; a vacuum cleaner runs to dull the pain; laptops are lined up to gain a better understanding of a heart condition I still can’t pronounce; tears are shared; stories exchanged, sisters reminisce and little Esther says that one day she wants to be a wife, just like her Mommy.      

Who is at the center of this love, strength and unity?  At first glance, one would say Ruth.  But it is all because of Jesus.  Because of Him we can cry one moment and laugh the next.  Because He paid the price for our sins we can look forward to a glorious reunion along the streets of gold.  I know Ruth is running on those streets right now.  She doesn’t have to worry about pot holes, buggies or traffic. 
How happy she must be!

Thank you, Levi & Sarah, for choosing to follow Jesus so many years ago.  You’ve impacted not only Ruth’s life, but everyone in this room and many more beyond these walls.  May God continue to give peace and comfort in the difficult days that lie ahead.    


  1. Dawn, that was such a beautiful post. I'll continue to pray for Ruth's family & for you & your family as well.

  2. so beautifully written, dawn. tears are streaming down my face once again. what a difficult few days this has been. and yet, there is hope in the midst of it all, and joy that ruth is in heaven worshiping the God she loved and served. how sweet that esther, at such a young age, knows that when she grows up she wants to be a wife, just like her mommy was. the spiritual training and love in this family is very evident, as you referenced in your blog post.