Thursday, April 3, 2008

praying for you Beth

Jim B, who we loved along with so very many people whose lives he blessed, will be dearly missed. He went to meet the Lord that he loved on Monday, March 31, after a sudden heart attack while playing basketball during his lunch break. Our hearts are breaking, aching for your loss Beth. And still, our hearts are settled with peace- the peace we are praying for you to be solidly surrounded and supported and strengthened by- as we have solid confidence of Jim's joy in Jesus' presence now.

We will miss you Jim and we are praying for you and grieving with you dear Beth.

Jesus Christ, My Sure Defense
by Luise Henriette of Brandenburg

Jesus Christ, my sure Defense
And my Savior ever liveth
Knowing this, my confidence
Rests upon the hope he giveth
Though the night of death be fraught
Still with many an anxious thought

Jesus, my Redeemer lives
I, too, unto life shall awaken
Endless joy my Savior gives
Shall my courage then be shaken?
Shall I fear, or could the Head
Rise and leave His members dead?

Nay, too closely I am bound
Unto Him by hope forever
By His grace the Rock's been found
Grasped it, and will leave it never
Even death cannot now part
From it's Lord, the trusting heart

Laugh to scorn the gloomy grave
And at death no longer tremble
He, the Lord, who came to save
Will at last His own assemble
They will go their Lord to meet
Treading death beneath their feet