Friday, January 6, 2012

A Time to Grieve

One week ago yesterday, and old cycling friend of mine, James Wallner, lost his wife to cancer. Suzanne ("Suzie") H. Wallner. It's been over 20 years since I've seen Jim Bob, but we were able to connect a year or so ago through the Facebook website. During this time, I learned that Jim is a child of Christ. I also learned when Suzie came down with the dreaded cancer. Since then, I have been blessed with the love and devotion I saw in these people as they lived through that struggle together. Jim doesn't know it, but his devotion to Suzie that I've witnessed over this past year, has been an inspiration and example of how I need to love and serve my own wife. He called her his "QUEEN", and he treated her just like that.

Jim and I both know that Suzie is now experiencing the joy that we as Christians patiently await during our time on earth. And knowing that, can bring us a comfort that no one and no thing can ever give us. Yet, until we ourselves are called to our final home in the arms of Jesus, we will miss those loved ones who go before us.

Today Jim Bob is grieving the loss of his best friend. And I, because we are called to do so, grieve with him. Bless you, my friend, and know that you are loved by many. But most of all, know that you are loved by the author of love, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave us cause to rejoice in the pain.

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