Roses for Remembrance

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On Sandra Heska King’s blog, her “Scripture Sunday” post today is entitled “Bouquets of Roses”, and quotes Isaiah 61:2-3 where it is announced that God will comfort all who mourn and give them bouquets of roses instead of ashes. Her post brought to mind the roses and petals that were placed in memory of my brother-in-law at the memorial services held in Canada and Taiwan.

There are many symbolic gestures used to remember loved ones during the celebration of their lives — lighting of candles, laying of wreaths and flowers, the display of a meaningful possession. Too often they remind me of Job 14:2 …

“We spring up like wildflowers in the desert and then wilt,
transient as the shadow of a cloud.”

Thankfully, there are also promises of things more permanent …

“But the word of the Lord endures forever.”
[1 Peter 1:25]

“The Lord shall reign forever and ever.”
[Exodus 15:18]

“Splendid and majestic is His work,
And His righteousness endures forever.”

[Psalm 111:3]

“…the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the man
who trusts in Him.”

[Psalm 32:10]

Such words are of great comfort!

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Do you have a favourite bible verse that brings you comfort in difficult times?

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Remembering…

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“It is good to praise the LORD

and make music to your name, O Most High,

to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night.”

[Psalm 92:1-2]

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The Reverend Murray L. Garvin

(July 5, 1934 – January 10, 2012)

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~  Our much loved brother and our only sibling  ~

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A service of celebration and remembrance will be held on

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012 at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church,

47 Owen Street in Barrie, ON at 3:00 pm, followed by a reception.

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