Having lost my son-in-law Tedd Woodworth, I can at least understand a small fraction of their loss. They died by offering their lives; Tedd had no such choice as Hodgkins disease took him from my youngest daughter, a widow at 26. She lost her love, her husband, a father to unborn children, her ministry alongside him. She felt like a teenager again. No friend to share her day with, to rejoice in goodness with, to cry in sadness with. Even good friends can never replace a lost beloved.
But God in his infinite wisdom, providing we actually believe there may be a higher wisdom than ours, took him and within 2 years gave her a new husband and a new life. Once I get my JoyfulMourning.com website back up you can read more about it from my point of view.
Until then please check out the website of Rebecca and her new husband Scott at www.brokenclay.net to hear about it from their point of view.
- I can be a friend to them
- I can be there for them
- I can allow them to cry on my shoulder without trivial comments
- I can be a silent friend until they want me to say something even if NEVER is their decision
- I can NOT give them advice unless they specifically ask for it
- I can show my love
- I can make sure I do NOT confuse them by discussing whether I think war is okay or not
- I can pay the love of THEIR loved ones FORWARD to someone else to keep that love flowing
- Let it never stop
- Let freedom ring along the seashores of our 1000's of miles of coast
- Let it ring in the lofty mountains as they reach upward to their creator
- Let it ring all along the flat prairies, our food banks for us and much of the world
- Let it ring in the darkness of the Arctic night
- Let it shine when the northern night finally ends!
- Let it ring in our cities and in the country, on ocean vessels and fishing boats, in foreign fields, in the air and on the water, in our forests and in the depths of space
- Let it ring in every heart that those who died to preserve our freedom would not turn their face in shame and weep to see it being taken from even the youngest AND the oldest among us.
-Remembrance Day 2010
-U.S. Veteran's Day 2010
Two Slideshow Versions With Song "A Soldier Cries"
To my grandsons, Nathanael and Andrew Guinn, remember YOUR Grandfather Guinn who gave his life and God gave it back to him and he came home.
He came home so he and your Grandmother Guinn could have your Dad, Jonathan Guinn and so that Jon could meet my daughter, Ann, at Elim Bible Institute and would marry him so that ....
YOU WOULD BE BORN!
Be thankful for him! I was honoured to meet and know him a bit. When I first met him, it was like we were old friends. We shared the early-morning muffin run. [Ask your Dad if you do not understand this one (:-) I miss seeing him every time I come to visit you.]
May we be ever thankful to the freedom that allows us to believe as we wish, to worship in freedom or not as we see fit. There will never be a red or yellow tag which discounts the price of those who gave their life to preserve .... FREEDOM!
God gave us the freedom to acknowledge Him or not. Men gave their lives for an absolute. The absolute value of living free! Many countries around our world DO NOT have this freedom. These videos challenge us to remember that sacrifice.