Sunday 9 June 2013

Warmth - Creating in Faith

Many of you have been praying for my brother Robert who was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma and last week I wrote about prayer and how powerful it is.  Your prayers have been a source of comfort, and please continue to lift up the family.  My brother breathed his last breath and passed to be with the Lord on Sunday 2nd June 2013 at 10pm.  We are taking each day at a time to come to terms with the loss and the pain.  It sometimes seems as if time has stood still and he is in another room.  Many of you can understand the shock of loosing someone close, there is nothing that can prepare you for any of it.

I take comfort in knowing that I got to tell him over and over how much I loved him, that we were all there for him, sometimes thinking I tired him out with my chatter.  We warmly remembered our youth and our days of adventures, on our bikes, scooters and riding up to Hampstead Heath.  I also talked about when he got better, watching the kids grow up, walking his daughters down the aisle, like he did for me when I got married as our dad had passed, seeing his grandchildren and more. 

Today, we pick up the pieces, looking at his life and our own, seeing how fragile it can be.  I never imagined that we would get to this day, but know for many of us it will come again.  What it continues to show me is that we can't wait for illness to strike before we let someone know that we love them, or to value the relationships that we have taken for granted thinking that we will always be around.  How many people have you promised to get in contact with but let the cares of the day get in the way and before you know it 6 months or longer have passed?  How many promises have you made to your own health, things that you will start to do in an attempt to get fitter, but have allowed lethargy to take over?

We only have one life to live this side of heaven, and we need to make sure that we do the best we can, we get a chance everyday to find new ways to be present in this life, let yours count for something today!  Have a blessed week.

Please note: for those of you who are considering sending flowers, please instead make a donation to Myeloma UK - via Robert's Just Giving page, Cancer Research UK or Macmillan Cancer Support

Thy faithfulness continues throughout all generations; Thou didst establish the earth and it stands....Psalm 119:90

Wisdom and power are His.  He changes times and seasons... He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. ...Daniel 2:20-21

All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful
    toward those who keep the demands of his covenant

Psalm 25:10


  1. Dear Amanda, I am so, so sorry for you and your entire family for your loss. I lost my father to the same disease 35 years ago. I cried as I read your beautiful words and I thank you for putting out the important message of loving now and letting those around us know.

    Please know that I will be praying for the strength, healing, faith and love needed during this time. Hugs, Robin

  2. Amanda I am so sorry for your loss, my I extend my sympathy to you and all your family.


  3. Hi Amanda .. this is lovely - and expresses things we need to note about life and remember as the days pass - I'm so pleased you had time with your brother, as too his family .. and those treasured words will be there for many a day ahead - his daughters especially .. then the whole family has pulled together to be together ... being there for each other ... towers of strength and giving to others as needed by them.

    With thoughts to you all ... and big hugs - Hilary

  4. Amanda, sending you much love as you feel the loss of your brother. How wonderful that you could be with him so fully, and tell him that you love him - it can never be said too many times! And to remember the happy times you shared as children - this would be so good for him.


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