20 December 2008

a heavy heart...


late last night josiah went Home.
please keep this dear family in your prayers over these very sad days.
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his dad posted this beautiful reminder on josiah's carepage...
"I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone from the beginning … to the end.
He noted that first came the date of her birth and spoke of the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.
or that dash represents all the time that she spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved her know what that little line is worth.
For it matters not, how much we own, the cars … the house … the cash.
What matters is how we live and love … and how we spend our dash.
So think about this long and hard; are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left that can still be rearranged.
If we could just slow down enough to consider what’s true and real …
And always try to understand the way other people feel.
And be less quick to anger and show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives … like we’ve never loved before.
If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile …
Remembering that this special dash might only last a little while."
The Dash by Linda Ellis
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may all of you cherish every moment with those you love...
Requiem Æternam
Réquiem ætérnam dona eis,
Dómine,et lux perpétua lúceat eis.
Requiéscant in pace.
Amen

10 comments:

Catvibe said...

Beautiful and teary making. Let's make the most of that dash... Love and happy holidays to you.

casalba said...

So very sorry and I wish Josiah's family strength.

Katie said...

I love you Mom. I'm praying for his family. Josiah was an amazing kid. We all loved him :)

Maryann said...

That's beautiful.

Catvibe said...

I didn't see the post you put prior to this, so I didn't have the background when I put up my earlier post. My deepest sympathies to his family and to you. Thank you for keeping him in your light all of this time. You are a gem...

Renae said...

I'm so sorry. So very sorry. My prayers are with this precious family.

Leslie said...

I have been following Josiah's CarePage since reading about his story on your blog months ago. I feel so, so bad for his family, and I'm amazed at their strength and faith.

Dory said...

So so sad. I'm sorry to hear this but I will certainly keep praying for his family.

rochambeau said...

Josiah is now at peace. Thank God! I'm So sorry for his family. I offer my prayers.

What matters is how we live and love … and how we spend our dash. OH YES indeed!!!

xox
Constance

qualcosa di bello said...

thank you all so very much. last night was josiah's funeral & i can tell you that your prayers & love mean more than we can ever know...bless you all!