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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Our dear sweet friends are leaving today.

I am not a person that spends a lot of time in sadness. But today will have its moments for me. Our precious friends, Paul and Gena Suarez, are leaving for Tennessee. I wrote what is below to her in her comment box because she mentions that she will miss our family. I share it with you because these are such wonderful people, wonderful friends, a wonderful family in Christ that will be missed more than they realize. The Bible says we are to rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep. I am trying my best to rejoice with them, but I am also doing a fair bit of weeping too.



It is our family that has been blessed because of yours. I cannot tell you what sadness it is to me that you are leaving, but I *will* rejoice with those who rejoice! I will rejoice for your new friends, for your new church, for the lives that you will touch while you are there. I will rejoice for your children in such a beautiful place, with parents that love them and sacrifice so much for them. I will rejoice that your sister will be joining you even though it is at great loss to us. I will rejoice that you are walking with your Lord, in the path He has set out for you, and that you will be blessed because of your obedience. I will rejoice in our shared faith that means we are sisters forever. I will rejoice in God's kind hand to have brought you into our lives, to have made an impact, to have left His mark through you on our lives. I will rejoice in His mercy!


 


You are *loved*!


As God carries you on His path, may you be richly blessed, sheltered from the harshness of this life, and may you meet such friends as yourself at the end of the road. You deserve them.


 


Kate


 

7 comments:

ClassicalEducation4Me said...

Kate,

I hope you know that I'm doing everything that I can to make their transition to TN easier. I'm cleaning their new home and stocking their fridge and pantry with a bit of food to get them through the first few days and my door is open to them for whatever they need to get settled in quickly. I am looking forward to getting to know Gena and her family better and I hope to meet you when you come out here for a visit! They are in good hands - not mine - but His! Also, He will be with you to comfort you in your moments of sadness, so just look up :-)

Kris

TOSPUBLISHER said...

At the Lord's obvious kindness to me through friends - friends He has brought into my life. Kate, this week has been one of our most difficult ever, and again, it has been my sister's family and your family who have been our strongest support, our truest friends. Love hopes all things, believes all things. You are the epitome of this passage.


Tennessee will call your family out, Lord willing, for twice-yearly visits for TOS related management meetings. How I will rejoice to see your van pull in! My children will miss yours more than any others here in Calif. If my kids were not excited at first to embark on this journey, they are now, but particularly since they know their Kessler friends will be coming to see them. We've already dreamed of the history field trips we'll all take together. My oldest son beamed when he heard of the fun we will have (Lord willing!) when you come out. These are exciting times for us. Stressful because moving is always stressful, but we see God's hand in it all - every bit of it. Thank you for rejoicing with me about our newest adventure. I have never felt anything from you except kindness.


Love you,


-gena

JenIG said...

Kate, this was hard for me to read because in our busy-ness I have not really contemplated what it will mean to leave here. And it was a bit overwhelming realizing that you will not be a short car drive away. You are not just a friend, you've become a sister, as dear as they can come. You've been the best friend to us -- a true friend, the kind that are impossible to find. I cannot thank you enough for the anchor and stable foundation you've been during the life twisting events that have swept thru. Many times you were the only one there holding things up and loving us. And I feel like a big fat baby sitting here crying at my keyboard. You have no idea what you mean to me (and to what I know you mean to Gena). Thank you for being our sister.

karenciavo said...

Oh Kate dear, my heart breaks for you. Keeping you in prayer.


Karen

Heather said...

And I never thought I'd feel this way

And as far as I'm concerned

I'm glad I got the chance to say

That I do believe I love you


And if I should ever go away

Well then close your eyes and try

To feel the way we do today

And then if you can remember


Keep smiling, keep shining

Knowing you can always count on me, for sure

That's what friends are for

For good times and bad times

I'll be on your side forever more

That's what friends are for

Well you came in loving me

And now there's so much more I see

And so by the way I thank you


Oh and then for the times when we're apart

Well then close your eyes and know

The words are coming from my heart

And then if you can remember

Heather said...

Here is where the road divides

Here is where we realize

The sculpting of the Father's great design

Thru' time you've been a friend to me

But time is now the enemy

I wish we didn't have to say goodbye

But I know the road He chose for me

Is not the road he chose for you

So as we chase the dreams we're after

Chorus:

Pray for me and I'll pray for you

Pray that we will keep the common ground

Won't you pray for me and I'll pray for you

And one day love will bring us back around again



Painted on our tapestry

We see the way it has to be

Weaving thru' the laughter and the tears

But love will be the tie that binds us

To the time we leave behind us

Memories will be our souvenirs

And I know that thru' it all

The hardest part of love is letting go

But there's a greater love that holds us


~Michael W. Smith

Heather said...

We were made to love and be loved

But the price this world demands

Will cost you far too much

I spent so many lonely years

Just trying to fit in

Now I've found a place in this circle of friends


In a circle of friends

We have one Father

In a circle of friends

We share this prayer

That every orphaned soul will know

And all will enter in

To the shelter of this circle of friends


If you weep, I will weep with you

If you sing for joy

The rest of us will lift our voices too

But no matter what you feel inside

There's no need to pretend

That's the way it is in this circle of friends


In a circle of friends

We have one father

In a circle of frineds

We share this prayer

That's we'll gather together

No matter how the highway bends

I will not lose this circle of friends


Among the nations, tribes and tongues

We have sisters and brothers

And when we meet in heaven

We will recognize each other

With joy so deep

And love so sweet

Oh, we'll celebrate these friends

And a life that never ends


In a circle of friends

We have one Father

In a circle of friends

We share this prayer

That it will not be long before

All will enter in

To the shelter of this circle of friends

That it will not be long before

All will enter in

To the shelter of this circle of friends


~Point of Grace