Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Winter Hope

Gray clouds move in on cold, wet wind
Ice falls quietly, spreading silence
The world that felt so loud, so crowded
Suddenly feels empty

Loss and loneliness tend to drift on snow
Flying then falling steadily on closed eyes
Praying for relief, for one loud laugh
To pierce the silence
Then comes a presence, powerful by your side
Warmth, all-consuming, filling your heart
Knowledge of life and of joy eternal
Reminds your soul to smile
Hilarious memories fill your mind
Reminders of blessings flood your heart
Opening your eyes to the heavens
Where hope shines down like rays of sun

Last week a dear professor and mentor of mine from Belhaven passed away.  The Belhaven community has deeply felt this loss.  Dr.Kenyon was a constant there; always there to answer your questions and share his amazing knowledge of Scripture.  The gray, snowy weather matched the sadness everyone was feeling.  But then Belhaven started a page where we could go on and write about our memories of him.  The memories people started posting were hilarious.  The sadness I was feeling was replaced by joy; a reminder of the laughter Dr.Kenyon brought into our lives and the glory that he is now experiencing.

Dr. Kenyon passed away just before Valentine's Day.  When I got home from work on Tuesday, I found this waiting for me...

I was overwhelmed with a sense of how much I am blessed; blessed with people who have poured so much time into teaching me along the road, and blessed with the amazing guy that this road has led me to. 
"The Lord gives and the Lord takes away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”
Job 1:20-22