Saturday, June 2, 2007


Both of RJ's parents passed away recently, and we've started cleaning out their house. Last week we found my mother-in-law's Bible. There were several birth, wedding, and death announcements cut from the paper tucked in the pages of the Bible. We also found a keepsake napkin from our wedding, an assortment of photographs, and two inspirational writings that my mother-in-law had saved and placed between the pages of her Bible. The two inspirational writings are listed below. The first is a poem written by Helen Steiner Rice and given to my mother-in-law by a friend of hers. Included with the poem was a hand-written note of encouragement from the friend.

Sometimes we come to life's crossroads

And view what we think is the end,

But God has a much wider vision

And He knows that it's only a bend -

The road will go on and get smoother

And after we've stopped for a rest,

The path that lies hidden beyond us

Is often the part that is best,

So rest and relax and grow stronger,

Let go and let God share your load,

And have faith in a brighter tomorrow -

You've just come to a bend in the road.

The other paper we found is retyped below.

What Cancer Can't Do

Cancer is so limited...

It cannot cripple love. It cannot shatter hope.

It cannot corrode faith. It cannot eat away at peace.

It cannot destroy confidence. It cannot kill friendships.

It cannot shut our memories. It cannot silence courage.

It cannot invade the soul.

It cannot reduce even one second of eternal life.

It cannot quench the Holy Spirit, and it cannot lessen the power of the resurrection.

Praise God!


1 comment:

Joan said...

This is an example of why words are so fascinating to me. Words spoken or written by one person can touch another person's heart and mind and bring something that it needed - comfort, peace, understanding, or perhaps even something not intended by the person who spoke or wrote the words. These written words obviously meant something special to your dear and precious MIL. As Mother always says, God bless her memory!