Eleven in Heaven
Today Jim has been in heaven for 11 months, but I know it only counts on this side of it for those of is who are waiting (to finally enter Narnia)!
I think of the 4th verse of the hymn Amazing Grace: “When we’ve been there 10,000 years, bright shining as the sun, we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we’d first begun.” And for Jim that is true!
I am thinking about a couple of other things too. First, today Steve Jobs died. Look around and notice the Apple products around you (computers, iPhones & iPads) They remind me of the impact one person can have on the world. That kind of impact, without the fame and prominence as the computer genius, is what I am reminded of as I look around at all the people Jim influenced by his life and ministry. I am so blessed that I am one of them!
Another thing I am thinking about is what to do for the one year anniversary of Jim entering Heaven (aka Narnia). I am not sure how to navigate this with my kids and Jim’s family. So I am asking for ideas and prayer as I move toward one year of living without my beloved.
And the last thing I am thinking about that I will share, I am trying to learn the discipline of gratitude. (By the way, I highly recommend the book One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voscamp) Today I can actually be thankful for the chaos at my job. Though ridiculously stressful, it did keep my mind occupied, leaving not much time to get lost in my grief.