"He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm,
and carry them close to his heart, and shall gently lead those that are with young." Isaiah 40:11

Saturday, January 21, 2012

A Blessing on Each 21st of the Month!

Just a few minutes ago, a wonderful, gentle-hearted lady just stopped by with some home-baked cookies and a Tony Roma's Gift Certificate, and a poem written about Rachel!! It was all a part of another friend's scheming (also named Rachel) to do something special for us on every 21st of the month.  Shortly after Rachel died, I mentioned that I found her birthdays (the 21st of the month) to be harder than the anniversaries of her death.  And so since that time, on every 21st of the month, someone has dropped something off for us.  And each gift till now has been carefully planned and thought out....isn't that neat?? What a fantastic idea....

Thank-you! Thank-you God, for your blessings, for your church. For bringing cheer into my afternoon! For your kindness and mercy....

3 comments:

Kathy and Carl said...

How wonderful! God is always providing that comfort and joy to us in our time of need. Thank you Lord for angels among us.

Brenda Funk said...

That is a great thing to do! Blessings on people like these!

Hillary said...

Hi Kendra,

Even though I think this is my first time to comment, I have been reading your blog pretty much from the beginning. I always appreciate your honesty and transparency, particularly through your grief. My heart aches each time you write, and you and Dave and the kids are in my prayers! I'm so glad to hear that there are so many people looking out for you and reminding you how loved you are and that you're never alone!

Anyway, I heard a song for the first time today and it made me think of you... You might have heard it already, but God laid it on my heart to share it with you and encourage you so here you go... (I think if you google it, there's probably a way for you to listen to it)

Steven Curtis Chapman \ Beauty Will Rise

It was the day the world went wrong
I screamed till my voice was gone
And watched through the tears as everything came crashing down
Slowly panic turns to pain
As we awake to what remains
And sift through the ashes that are left behind
But buried deep beneath
All our broken dreams we have this hope

Out of these ashes
Beauty will rise
And we will dance among the ruins
We will see it with our own eyes
Out of these ashes
Beauty will rise
For we know joy is coming in the morning
In the morning
Beauty will rise

So take another breath for now
And let the tears come washing down
And if you can’t believe, I will believe for you
Cause I have seen the signs of spring
Just watch and see

Out of these ashes
Beauty will rise
And we will dance among the ruins
We will see it with our own eyes
Out of these ashes
Beauty will rise
For we know joy is coming in the morning
In the morning

I can hear it in the distance
And it’s not too far away
It’s the music and the laughter
Of a wedding and a feast
I can almost feel the hand of God
Reaching for my face to wipe the tears away
You say it’s time to make everything new
Make it all new
This is our hope
This is a promise
This is our hope
This is a promise

It will take our breath away
To see the beauty that’s been made
Out of the ashes, out of the ashes

It will take our breath away
To see the beauty that He’s made
Out of the ashes, out of the ashes

Out of these ashes
Beauty will rise
And we will dance among the ruins
We will see it with our own eyes
Out of this darkness
New light will shine
And we’ll know the joy that’s coming in the morning, in the morning

Beauty will rise
Beauty will rise
Beauty will rise
Beauty will rise
Beauty will rise