“Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road;
make me a fork
, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.” - Jim Elliot

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

A Rose for Ruth

Photo taken at the Portland International Rose Test Garden

Anthony and I had a date last Saturday at the Rose Garden. It is so beautiful there. We were looking for climbing roses. When my darling Ruth passed away on July 4th, I told Anthony that I would like to do something in my garden to remember her life. He suggested a climbing rose in her favorite color. Red. So, we looked for a flourishing aromatic, red, climbing rose.

I hadn't seen Ruth in a couple months although I had spoken with her. I had just written in my journal on June 24th, "Visit Ruth or else!" as a reminder to do so. Two days later she had her first stroke. Thank God I was able to visit with her three times before her last stroke. When the Lord prompts you "or else" -- don't choose the "or else"!

Ruth was so eager to see her Lord. She teased me that she would know so much more before I did. That she was excited at the prospect of jumping up and down when she saw Jesus.

She also told me that she wished we had more time together.
Me, too.


Anonymous said...

What a great way to remember your friend Ruth. Great knitting projects. I am sure they will be loved by everyone.
Oh great looking couple.
Love mom (Ruth)

cammyk said...

So sorry to hear about Ruth. What a lovely way remember your friend.

walkalongside said...

Love you will have a remembrance of Ruth. What a treasure she has been in our lives. I got a CD of photos of Ruth from Linda yesterday afternoon. I will be combining Linda and my photos unto one CD. Do you want to send me yours or some of yours??? I will be making copies for people at the Aug 6 time of remembrance. Am also working on a collage. These photo projects do help me with my grief and being able to let go with the joy as that person would want. Hmm. "Let go with joy." That is a thought... by God's grace we can.