Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas! In Memory!

I just wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! I hope you all had a wonderful day celebrating the birth of our Lord, Saviour, Jesus Christ!

And, I hope you all made it through your family gatherings with your sanity intact and your feelings unhurt!

This holiday season came to me with mixed feelings. The dread of grief and the joy of seeing my two preschoolers amazement and pure wide eyed happiness on Christmas morning. To my suprise, I had a wonderful, much anticipated, relaxed day at home with my family. In fact, I didn't get out of my pjs all day!

As my family celebrated the birth of Jesus, we, by his grace, also found peace in the death of our loved ones. Cohen said papaw sent him a hug from heaven for Christmas and that is the only time I cried all day! Oh it thrills my soul to know that mom and jr are singing in the Lord's choir now! I know that they would not come back if they could, nor would I ask them of my selfishness to. But, I so look forward to that meeting day in the air!

To all of you who have lost someone this year or anytime, my prayers are with you! These are a couple of memorial poems I though were worth sharing.

Dear Mom & Dad in Heaven

I sit here and i ponder how very much
I'd like to talk to you today

There are so many things
That we didn't get to say

I know how much you love me
And how much I love you,

And each time that I think of you
I know you'll miss me too.

An angel came and called your name
And took you by the hand and said

Your place was ready in Heaven, far above . . .
And you had to leave behind, all though you dearly loved

You had so much to live for, you had so much to do . . .
It still seemed impossible, that God was taking you.

And though your life on earth is past, in Heaven it starts anew
You'll live for all eternity, just as God has promised you.

And though you've walked through Heaven's gate
We are never far apart

For each time that we think of you,
You're right here, deep with-in our hearts.

First Christmas in Heaven
I see the countless Christmas trees
around the world below
With tiny lights, like Heaven's stars,
reflecting on the snow

The sight is so spectacular,
please wipe away the tear
For I am spending Christmas with
Jesus Christ this year.

I hear the many Christmas songs
that people hold so dear
But the sounds of music can't compare
with the Christmas choir up here.

I have no words to tell you,
the joy their voices bring,
For it is beyond description,
to hear the angels sing.

I know how much you miss me,
I see the pain inside your heart.
But I am not so far away,
We really aren't apart.

So be happy for me, dear ones,
You know I hold you dear.
And be glad I'm spending Christmas
with Jesus Christ this year.

I sent you each a special gift,
from my heavenly home above.
I sent you each a memory
of my undying love.

After all, love is a gift more precious
than pure gold.
was always most important
the stories Jesus told.

Please love and keep each other,
my Father said to do.
I can't count the blessing or love
has for each of you.

So have a Merry Christmas and
Wipe away that tear
Remember, I am spending Christmas with
Jesus Christ this year

In Memory of my mom, Susie; my dad, Jr; my niece, Bridget; my cousin, Rhonda; a dear friend; Dr. John Franklin----see you on the other side of Jordan guys, I love you and miss you!

Please say a special prayer for Jason and I and the other adults going with us next week to Gatlinburg. We are taking our youth group to the Extreme Youth Conference. Jason and I are not perfect by a long shot. We not only want to teach God's word, but we want to set an example of living God's word also. Just say a prayer that the Lord's will be done through and by us and that we all have a safe trip. God Bless you all and thank you so much to all of you for your love and friendship this year!

Lots of Love


Jen said...

I am so thankful that you guys had a wonderful Christmas. I have thought a lot about you, Susie, and Jr. in the past couple of days. You know how much I love you all..... I have so many wonderful memories! I love you!!!!

Cheryl said...

I love the poems Karri. You have such a sweet heart. I am glad you and Jason are going on a trip with the youth. Both of you are so good with the kids. I hope you have a great trip! Love You!

Lisa @ The Preacher's Wife said...

I love you so mmuch and enjoyed what time we got to spend together over the holidays. I'm looking so forward to Gatlinburg!