Sunday, November 1, 2009

A Day for Saints

My older brother Jack passed away November 1, 1999 at the age of 33. I can't believe it has been 10 years.

(I made this collage from copies of pictures of him, to try to capture his personality a little bit.)

He had leukemia which was diagnosed only 7 months prior to his death. It was a very difficult 7 months, not knowing what would happen. Of course, we held on to hope. Especially when there was an exact match to be a bone marrow much hope. But it wasn't to be. I used to wonder, "what was the point in him having a match, if he was going to die, anyway?" But then I came to realize just how important it was that he have that hope, along with his faith, to get him through. He held on to these until the end.

He is now at rest in the arms our Lord. And now we have hope.......we, whom he left behind. We have this hope, because of our Lord, that we will be with Jack again some day, as we enter Heaven and join him and all the saints in eternal rest and joy. I live my life, appreciating everything as much as possible, always feeling the void he left, but trying to keep my eye on the ultimate goal.....the goal that Jack has already reached.

We all love you and miss you so much, Jack!

1 comment:

Grandma Jo said...

Very well said, Tina!