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Saturday, February 21, 2009

In honor of Homer


Homer was my father-in-law and passed away yesterday morning in the hospital, after a very long stay. Homer, although not his real name, it describes him perfectly. He really did love his family, in his own messed up way. Although his actions may not have always been perfect, he had the best of intentions. No body is perfect. So this is in his honor:

Footprints in the Sand

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, other times there was one only.

This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life, when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints, so I said to the Lord,“You promised me Lord,that if I followed you, you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there has only been one set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?”

The Lord replied, “The years when you have seen only one set of footprints, my child, is when I carried you.”


Mary Stevenson, 1936


Thank you in advance for your kind thoughts and wishes. And please, if there is anyone in your life who smokes, please encourage them to quit. I used to smoke and for a great many years, so I know how hard it is to quit. It is no joke. But watching someone die from lung cancer isn't fun either. I'm not a "reformer" or anything, and I do believe in a person's right to smoke, but this experience I guess brought it home for me. Just ask people to at least consider it.
Thank you and take care!

4 comments:

Amy @ Passages to the Past said...

I am very sorry for your loss. I quit smoking two years ago and am so grateful that I did! It sure was difficult though. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Dar said...

I'm sorry for your loss Jenny. My thoughts are with you and your family. My mom smokes and I'd give anything for her to quit but so far no luck.

Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle said...

Jenny, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

You did inspire me to have a nice little sit-down with my hubby who has been promising to quit smoking for years, and has managed to quit for short times.

Take care ~ Wendi

Toni said...

What a great tribute to Homer Jenn.

I am sorry to hear of the loss.

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