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July 21, 2007

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Ann Woodward

Hi Debbie,
I kept checking the website thinking you had a million things to do after the trip and with family get togethers.
You know sometimes it's ok to not accomplish a thing and have "me" time as I call it. It refreshes and gives you the oomph necessary to do things later.
Take care, you are in His loving grip,
Ann

Tina Reynolds

Debbie,

Glad you are feeling better! I know it's gotta be hard. I got to go to my first L5 concert knowing that Roger wouldn't be there, but the guys kept it upbeat, though I know they are brokenhearted as well. It was good to see them though. I havent told you this, but it was very hard on me to lose my hero, so I know it was even worse for you. BUT WE WILL SEE HIM AGAIN!! HALLELUJAH!! How happy and joyful he must be!! When we see him, we will think that this time went by so quick, and then it will all be forgotten for the joy of seeing his face again! Hope that helps. Words fail me many times; I just want to be an encourager as the Lord helps me! God bless you, Debbie, Chelsea, Jordan, Doug, and Grampa. :)

Love, In Christ,

Tina

dan & Cheryl Turnbull

Debbie,
Many prayers still from Lenexa, KS. I pray faithfully every day for you.
God Bless,
Cheryl

Marilyn Crabtree

Dear Debbie:
Having these down times are normal feelings that one must go through during the grief process. It is not easy but know that our prayers are with you.
We miss Roger so much but are so thankful that we have so many CD's, DVD's and even the older videos with his music that was so much a part of his life.
Our prayers continue for you as you work on projects that Roger started and now you are finishing.
Be assured of our prayers for you.
In His grip,
Marilyn Crabtree
Pioneer, CA

Tina

Debbie,
Continuing to pray for you & your family as you take time to heal your hearts.
God Bless,
Tina
Finger,TN

Michelle

I just wanted to send you a BIG HUG!

Keep living my friend. God Has Everything Under Control.

"God is still God, even in the deepest valleys of life".

Love ya,

Michelle

Henry  and Peggy B.

Debbie,
We are glad that you are a wee bit better. You remain in our prayers and thoughts. I am glad that you are pleased with what you picked out at the final resting place. I think you should put Debbie, Loving Wife and Blessed Partner on your side. We remain
In His Grip,
Henry and Peggy B.

Wilda

Let me just "ditto" all of the above comments to you, Deb!!! God Loves You and So Do I........

Shanna Locker

Dear Debbie,
You spoke of the cycle of grief being one of "ebb and wane" and I have heard that said before.
Humans look at grief and sorrow as something so foreign, but Christians see something beautiful in it all. I'm thinking of Isaiah 53:3 "He is a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief." And every sorrow and grief Christ experienced was because of us - humans.
The old hymn written in 1875 really gives this idea of Christ being a man of sorrow new light.
“Man of Sorrows!” what a name
For the Son of God, who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!
Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood;
Sealed my pardon with His blood.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!
Guilty, vile, and helpless we;
Spotless Lamb of God was He;
“Full atonement!” can it be?
Hallelujah! What a Savior!
Lifted up was He to die;
“It is finished!” was His cry;
Now in Heav’n exalted high.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!
When He comes, our glorious King,
All His ransomed home to bring,
Then anew His song we’ll sing:
Hallelujah! What a Savior!
If we remember we have trials, burdens and testing here on earth to accomplish our sanctification, it truly makes bearing these very hard things worthwhile. The key is to keep Christ as the primary focus through everything and He will give "joy unspeakable" and His comfort through it all.
Keep The Faith Debbie,
Shanna Locker - Idaho

Racheal

>>>>>>>>>>>
Lots of them for you!!!!

Racheal

HUGS!
Lots of them for you!

jel

in my prayers!


huggs!

Karen Thies

Debbie,

Thanks so much for the post. So glad that you’re feeling better now. You know, I can’t remember who told me this, but a person (probably much wiser than I) once told me the only way not to grieve at the passing of someone you know, is not to love in the first place. How awful. By the way, the person that told me that STRONGLY suggested not to practice that theory. I would think that the pain of losing someone you love so dearly is easier to bear (with the Lord’s help, of course), than living a solitary, lonely life, to avoid getting hurt.

We saw the guys up at Cheboygan, Michigan on Friday (day before yesterday). They were fabulous, as always, but it wasn’t the same (the first time we’ve seen them since Roger went home). I cried some, had a wonderful brief conversation & hug from “little Scott” Fowler, but I knew that Roger would have very been proud and pleased at how the guys carry on. Scott shared with us how much they miss Roger, and also how Roger had told him about a year & a half ago that he thought the guys should consider Tim Parton to help out when Roger ultimately couldn’t travel with them anymore. After all, it made sense to Roger since Tim is a fantastic gospel pianist (but I would add there will always only be “one Roger Bennett”, a.n.n.n.n.n.n.d, Tim was unemployed.

We’ve going to see the guys again in two weeks (the first weekend in August) at Shipsawana???, Indiana, and then Labor Day weekend in Nashville at the Celebration. Scott mentioned that we would get sick of them. My answer, ‘NO WAY!!” I listen to their music everyday at work. I must admit, though, that sometimes when Roger sings, I can’t help but cry. I can’t even truly imagine how difficult (and lonely) it must be for you and your family. A hole that nothing can ever fill – only the love of the Lord can help ease the pain. You and your family are continually in our thoughts and prayers. After all, everyday that passes, is one day closer to when we will see Roger again. I do realize, though, that although sometimes the days are long, it’s the nights that are worse. Again, we will continue to hold you up before the Lord in prayer and hope to see you in Nashville at the Celebration.

- Karen Thies, Fruitport, MI -

Karen Hopkins

Debbie,
I kept checking to see if you had posted and was fearful you were having a bad time. It is only natural, but isn't it wonderful for God's grace and "Jesus with skin on?" Please know you are in a multitude of people's prayers and are so loved. I hope to be at the quartet convention this year, and although I don't believe we have ever met, I intend to find you and give you a big hug!
Karen

Michelle

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blessed assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.


( I felt impressed to paste this, It's a beautiful song and a wonderful message when we hurt)

Mary Jordan----North Canton, OH

Debbie,
This coming Thursday, 7/26, L5 will be at the Hartville Kitchen in Hartville, OH. I remember last year, Roger was present and it was such a joy to see him there and talk to him. He had missed several Hartville concerts in the past. Will certainly be thinking about you at that time. By the way, L5 is a sold out dinner/concert to over 500 reservations. That tells you a lot of how well L5 is loved in the NE OH area.

Pat W

Debbie, I have been praying for you. I know what you mean when you say you have down and up days. It has been 21 years since my first husband was killed in a car wreck and 11 years since my best friend and husband passed. Today has been one of those days. I always look forward to your posting. I know I can connect with you. Still after all this time certain days I am sad and lonesome. Praying for you and your family. Pw
pmwalt208@aol.com

Mary Evelyn Munsey-McMahan

Debbie, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

I can understand the down days, as Mom was real sick when my brother passed a year ago this past March. Then Mom had to be placed in a nursing home a few days after my brother's passing.

I was never able to grieve my brother's passing as I felt I had to remain strong for Mom. Mom's mind was never the same after my brother died. She wasn't able to go to the funeral and I didn't get to go to the burial as I stayed with Mom.

But God has really shown His grace and mercy to Mom since she has been in the nursing home. She is 86 and she is unable to verbalize what she wants to say, but she has the happiest disposition I have ever seen in a person in a nursing home.

So May God give you an extra measure of His Grace and Mercy and you face each day.

You are loved and prayed for by many many people even though we have never met.

You are an encouragment to others even when you may not know it.

Doris TenElshof

Debbie, my husband has been through many ups and downs with cancer during the past six years. We know we were never promised a life free from illness or "down times." However, there is one thing God did promise us and that is his presence! What an awesome gift. No matter what we meet along the way, he is always there to meet it with us. I hope you are continuing he feel the gift of his "presence" each and every day.

Blessings and Peace!

Becky

Debbie,
Thanks for always being honest and sharing how you feel. We really love that about you. Still praying for you and your family.
Becky in Wisconsin

Mark

Hey glad you are better. I have been in pain for the past two of three days. My back is hurting me. remember me in prayer.
love you lots,
mark

Sandy Kuschel

Hi, Deb: Just a quick note to tell you how much I appreciate your transparency and your complete reliance on God. I lost the love of my life 5 1/2 years ago to cancer and I know how you feel. Rest assured, dear one, that along the way you will notice that the up days somehow have replaced some of the down days. I am thankful for every one of those that I have! Know that I pray for you upon every remembrance of you.
Because He lives,
Sandy

Elaine Harcourt

Glad you are doing better. Yes, there will be bad times but they will get fewer & better in time. I'm glad you have friends who are there for you when you need them. Praying for God's comfort & strength as you soldier on.

Coleen Jo Caldwell

Debbie,
The words of your posting seem to haunt me. Reading through some of the other posts I have to agree with the lady that said it has to be easier to grieve because we have loved than never to have loved at all - to put a wall up around us so we won't have the opportunity to hurt also means we don't have the opportunity to enjoy life in its fullest.
When you were talking about Chelsea's birthday and not being there, I think of all the times that we've tried to be with our daughters on their birthdays - and now remember all those times with fondness because our older daughter is moving further away than I'd like. So there is grieving there too.

I know you continue to be In HIS Grip and held in HIS arms and that all will be well with your soul.

God bless - Coleen cjc:)

Neil Timpson

You might put something on the bench like: On Rogers Side Bound for the Promise Land and on your side: I'm with him.

God Bless you

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