Earl

This afternoon I will play for a nursing home service. It will be the first one without Earl.

Earl loved hearing me play. He would yell, “Encore!” after every hymn! I couldn’t say, “No” to Earl. He would call out a hymn and I would find it in one of the hymnals.

The last time we had a service, I played a lot longer. Earl kept coming up with more hymns. Finally, David said, “Pam, we are the only three left! It’s time to go.”

Earl came down with pneumonia and died last week. I wonder if he knew it was our last time together.

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Each month I choose a theme for the service. This April is all about showers, rain, and gardens, because “April showers bring May flowers.” Our next service will be after Mother’s Day.

I’m glad the theme is rain because I’m sure my eyes will be raining as I remember Earl.

In my reading today, I learned rain is a sign of God’s faithfulness.

Joel 2:23, “Rejoice, you people of Jerusalem! Rejoice in the Lord your God! For the rain He sends demonstrates His faithfulness. Once more the autumn rains will come, as well as the rains of spring.” New Living Translation

After the rain comes the rainbow. The rainbow is God’s promise that He will never flood the earth completely again. We may get wet, but we will never all drown…even in our grief.

Dear Father God,

Thank you for Earl’s life. He made playing at the nursing home such a joy. Thank you for Eden, too. She never cheered, but reminded me to keep practicing. I miss her, too. Thank you for those who are still there. I pray that you will bless them all today.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

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