Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Then and Now

The following two pictures depict my life,as you will clearly see.


Both pictures are taken at the same place.The first one on July 8,2010.
The second picture was taken on May 16,2011.

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;
may the name of the Lord be praised.
Job 1:21

I will freely admit that I don't always feel like praising the Lord,but this I know,He is still good,and He cares for me.

50 comments:

  1. Hi Ruth, a sad post. But nicely done. I hope all is well.

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  2. Oh I think you'll get a lot from the little book I sent. It just went out today and I have no idea how long it takes. But know that it's coming!

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  3. i saw the first photo and i just KNEW what the second one would look like. i am glad you are able to express your loss in such an impactful way. and still praise God. :)

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  4. Love is a powerful thing. (hugs)

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  5. 11 more days and the bench will be empty one year for me.

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  6. Present with the Lord ... but how you must miss him.

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  7. HI Ruth, This one made me cry.. To see that empty bench just breaks my heart. God Bless YOU, Special Friend.
    Love and Prayers,
    Betsy

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  8. Your post is beautiful and sad Ruth. I'm so glad you feel that your pain is safe with us. He does care for you and He will help you find peace. Hugs, Diane

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  9. Hi Ruth
    May you sense these Hands in your time of sorrow and loss.
    Hugs to you my friend.
    Shalom
    ~Betty

    God’s Hands
    Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, So our eyes look to the LORD our God…Psalm 123:2 NKJV
    Today is in God’s hands and so are you.
    His hands are strong and will uphold you;
    His hands are great and will enfold you;
    His hands are gentle and will embrace you;
    His hands are protective and will cover you;
    His hands are reassuring and will quiet you;
    His hands are powerful and will defend you;
    His hands are parental and will train you;
    His hands are masterful and will conform you;
    His hands are compassionate and will care for you;
    His hands are healing and will renew you;
    His hands are calming and will comfort you;
    His hands are giving and will bless you.
    The hands that hold you will never let you down.

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  10. Sweet Ruth, you even express your sorrow so beautifully and powerfully.

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  11. These two photos express everything eloquently.
    I've been thinking of this hymn verse:
    When with the ransomed in glory His face I at last shall see,
    Twill be my joy through the ages, to sing of His love for me.

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  12. Ruth, I can't even fathom how you feel as you grieve the loss of your beloved. But I know that as you continue to Praise the Father Above, He will alone will fill the void in your heart like no one else can! May God richly bless you and wrap His gracious and loving arms around you at this very moment and give you peace! Hugs!!! Cheryl

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  13. Lovely and poignant, Ruth. You'll never look at that bench again without remembering Jake sitting there with his beautiful camera. There's pain in memories like that, but there's a degree of pleasure and comfort, too.

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  14. Wow, that really touches the heart strings! What a unique way to express your grief. I really love that you allow yourself to feel what you feel, but then quiet your heart with Scripture! King David did that a lot in the Psalms!

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  15. I hope you sit on that bench every now and then. I suspect that when you do, he's right there beside you.

    Touching post, Ruth. Hugs to you.

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  16. Very well done, Ruth. So poignant...but as you say, God is still good.

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  17. Aaw! I wish I could hug you. Heaven is going to be such a sweet reunion.

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  18. The photos are so moving, Ruth. I am hoping you'll find some peace soon.

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  19. I sympathize with your loss and pain! Time and memories will help heal. Remember "Life is for the Living", as my first husband used to say. He wanted me to move on with my life and live it to the fullest in the event that he was taken first.
    May the Lord Bless you.

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  20. this is so sad but is also happy in that you are able to post this story that needs no words. I pray God's blessing on you in your sorrow and loneliness. thanks for sharing these photos.

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  21. Ruth, you have an amazing gift with pictures and words and scripture. I'm speechless and wishing I could hug you in person and share a box of tissues. God is good.

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  22. A Memory and a Memorial.....You have expressed your feelings in such a real and touching way.

    How good to know you have a Heavenly Father who loves you so much he even keeps your tears in a bottle. I pray He will hold you in a very special way today.

    You are so special!....Janice

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  23. Psalm 46:1. "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."

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  24. This is a sad, but at the same time beautiful, post. Just remember that you are in the hearts and minds of many of us.

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  25. Beautiful post but sad too. Hope you remember all the good times.

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  26. A very touching and poignant post, Ruth. The solitude in your second photo says more than any words could about the impact of Jake joining the church triumphant and leaving you, for a while.

    But like Job, you know who your comforter and redeemer is.

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  27. It definitely is not easy, but we have to accept the good Lord's ways and make the best of it. Your dear departed, would not want you to grieve, but live the best you can and enjoy the memories.

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  28. Good Evening Ruth...As you might have read, I have really had problems with blogger and being able to leave comments...So sorry for this...

    Your post today really touched my heart...It conveys to me through the pictures, exactly what your heart is feeling...May God wrap His loving arms around you and fill your heart with loving peace...I think about you very often...

    Hugs,
    shug

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  29. Ruth, You are expressing your grief beautifully. You are a shining example for us all!
    Big Hug!!!

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  30. Oh how your heart must ache...
    Images that speak volumes - so powerful.

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  31. Just as he is in this photo, know that Jake is waiting patiently in heaven until the day you will be reunited.

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  32. Such poignant photos. It tugs at one's heart and leaves a sad feeling. But, as you said, God is still there looking over us. He never gives us more than we can bear though it doesn't seem that way sometimes. My heart goes out to you--you and Jake had a great love. Mickie :)

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  33. My dear sister in Christ, what precious pictures. They speak a mountain of words from your heart.

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  34. I'm sure it was very difficult to photograph the empty park bench and post it with the photo of Jake.
    Your faith in God is encouraging to me and I admire how you keep blogging.

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  35. Such a powerful post. The second photo speaks volumes. I guess you'll have to sit there and remember all the good times you've had with Jake. (((Hug)))

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  36. joy and saddness......

    so touching....so profound!!!

    go to the bench and sit with him, i am sure he is there!!!!

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  37. I'm really touched. so sad. :(


    (((hugs)))
    betty xx

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  38. So sorry, Ruth. It looks like the two of you shared a wonderful hobby--my husband doesn't take pictures, but is always willing to trounce around with me at ballparks and roadsides. Praying your memories of him will bring you joy, if not today, then tomorrow.

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  39. That's so sad, it just shows how fast life can change. My heart and my prayers reach out to you Ruth. Hugs.

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  40. Dear ruth, your pictures tell a story that many of us will have to cope with sometime in the future. Your posts have me thinking and being thankful for my life and family as it is now. every since I had my stroke my husband has been looking after me. sometimes I get annoyed, but know I shouldn't when he is overprotective of me.With such a loss of a life partner it would be devestating. I can only praise you for your fortitude and strength which you exhibit to all. May each day be full of copntentment and joy for you. There is a solace in nature which I know you have found through the beautiful pictures you share with us all.
    Ann

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  41. Very poignant... but it is good to remember and acknowledge your love and loss.

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  42. This is so touching..it brought tears to my eyes..I can feel your pain..Thanks for letting us share it with you...(((hugs)))

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  43. OH Ruth, I just stumbled upon your blog and am crying, just from those two photos. I pray Gid will continue to comfort you and bless you and you will continue to praise him.

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  44. Ruth - such a truly powerful post.

    You speak for so many who have experienced the pain of loss - and separation.

    What a blessing to know, that this is not a permanent separation, although it seems an awful lot longer than momentary - God has promised . . .

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  45. Oh, Ruth. This is quite possibly the most touching blog post I have ever read.

    Thank you for the reminder to cherish every day and every person in my life. Also, thank you for being such a great example of strength and grace. I know it's not always easy for you and I always wish I could make it better.

    *hugs*

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  46. Very touching post. Ruth I have my Moms swing on my deck , and sometimes I sit and think of her and she is with me and sometimes I dont. I have tears with this post . I just cant even imagine the pain you feel.
    Hugs to you my dear Lady
    xoxo and Many.
    Keep on going. The saddness you feel will leave and then return.
    xoxo . I wish I could sit on that bench with a cup a tea with you.

    Pain is so hard to endure. Glad you have us all.
    Blessings today and many

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  47. I know you must be very lonely and sad without him. Sometimes we just don't feel like praise. Jesus was human....he understands. God loves you even when you are sad. We love you, too.

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  48. Oh, Ruth, this is such a poignant post, showing Jake on the bench and then the empty bench. I also sometimes don't feel like praising the Lord in a painful, sorrowful circumstance, but I sometimes remember to do it anyway. May the Lord continue to hold you in His arms and surround you with the love of family and good friends.

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