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a joy no one shall take away from us September 19, 2012

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Many of you know that my sweet father-in-law is in the final stage of his life. Eric has gone to be with him and we will join them soon. The time is just so precious. But isn’t it always and we just don’t know it? I want more moments to enjoy the hilarious stories that my father in law would tell, more moments to hear him talk about his childhood, more moments to see his handy work, more moments to listen to his favorite music with him, more moments for his grandchildren to snuggle in his lap, more moments to sit across the table with him and enjoy a meal.

Our souls scream out that this life is just not enough of the lovely that we want. This life is too short to contain our desire for family time and conversation. These moments on earth are too hindered by the unnecessary, the immediate, and the mandatory to fully enjoy the people that we want to enjoy. We scream out that we were made for eternity.

Eric is sitting with him tonight in the hospital- His daddy is asleep and being made comfortable. I imagine Eric talking to him- (one sided conversations), reading God’s precious promises to him, singing to him, talking about cars, sharing how Indianola is going, laughing about times in the past, and staring at him- wanting to memorize his face- his hands- his space.

Our life is a short time in expectation, a time in which sadness and joy kiss each other at every moment. There is a quality of sadness that pervades all the moments of our life. It seems that there is no such thing as a clear-cut pure joy, but that even in the most happy moments of our existence we sense a tinge of sadness. In every satisfaction, there is an awareness of limitations. In every success, there is the fear of jealousy. Behind every smile, there is a tear. In every embrace, there is loneliness. In every friendship, distance. And, in all forms of light, there is the knowledge of surrounding darkness….But this intimate experience in which every bit of life is touched with a bit of death can point us beyond the limits of our existence. It can do so by making us look forward in expectation to the day when our hearts will be filled with perfect joy, a joy no one shall take away from us. Henri J. M. Nouwen


10 Responses to “a joy no one shall take away from us”

  1. thebluehutch Says:

    I love you. Tell Eric we love him too.

  2. Mary Says:

    Lovely thoughts. Thoughts and prayers for all. Call me if you need to…it’s never too late. Love you.

  3. Dad Says:

    Sue and E. Our prayers are with you both tonight along with prayers for the the grandchildren to be storng at this time.

  4. Teresa Willcutt Says:

    Susan, I have tried to reach Leslie several times. I am praying for you all. Mr. and Mrs. Zellner were always so sweet to visit with. Please know that you are all in my prayers. -Keith and Teresa Willcutt

  5. Dot Zellner Says:

    My heart is touched again by your precious deep comforting words.

  6. What a beautiful message of hope and a reminder of the confidence we have been given in the eternity we are assured of through our Lord and Savior. Praise God, that although this life is marked by moments of sadness and moments of fleeting happiness and joy, this world is not our home. We were made for so much more than all of this. I looked forward to meeting Mr. Zellner in eternity!!

  7. Cynthia Says:

    Aw, sweet friend, once again your gift with words has touched my heart deeply. Your family’s life is such a testimony to our great and loving God.

  8. Julie Says:

    You are beautiful, Susan, inside and out. Thank you for sharing your heart with us. We will cherish our memories with sweet Cdub. Praying for you, Eric, the kids and Dot Dot. Love you all so much!!!

  9. John C. Anderson Says:

    Our prayers are with you. The advertisement for the security camera is distracting to your sensitive message but I suppose you have to carry ads to have your blog page

  10. zellner Says:

    John- thank you for your sweet prayers- I am not sure about the ads- I don’t see them on my blog and I don’t use any kind of advertising for this. That is a little disturbing. Does anyone else see those ads? this is the first I have heard of them.

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