Tuesday, November 04, 2008

PEACE BE WITH YOU, MY LOVE


JOSEPH PATRICK DERRICK
April 05, 1965 - November 02, 2008


"Should you go first and I remain
to walk the road alone,
I'll live in memories garden dear,
with happy days we've known.
In spring I'll wait for roses red,
when faded, the lilacs blue.
In early fall when brown leaves fall,
I'll catch a glimpse of you.
Should you go first and I remain,
for battle to be fought.
Each thing you've touched along the way
will be a hallowed spot.
I'll hear your voice, I'll see your smile,
though blindly I may grope,
The memory of your helping hand
will buoy me on with hope.
Should you go first and I remain,
one thing I'll have you do:
Walk slowly down that long long path,
for soon I'll follow you.
I want to know each step you take,
so I may take the same.
For someday down that lonely road
you'll hear me call your name."
BEYOND THE SUNSET~ Author Unknown

God be with you, Big Guy! And peace and comfort at last! I love you so much and all the memories we had for over 9 years will be cherished in my heart FOREVER...

80 comments:

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

Oh sweetie, I'm so very sorry. I've been thinking about you so much, wondering how you were holding up under the strain of waiting for this to happen. Please know that, even though we may never meet, I feel a blogging buddy's closeness to you that is very special to me. Perhaps you can do as I did when my best friend died two years ago. Plant a small garden in his memory with the Victorian's symbolic meanings that best depict your feelings for him. And visit his spirit there. I have derived much comfort. And will be here to help you in any way possible.
xoxo, Brenda

Nola @ the Alamo said...

There are no words I can think of to say that will ease your pain right now. I am so sorry for your loss; just try to find comfort knowing that he is no longer in pain. The poem was a lovely tribute. I agree with Brenda, a small garden to honor and remember him might help you.

Debbie in CA : ) said...

Having buried my son just 4-1/2 years ago, I know all too well the pain and sorrow of losing one loved so well and so long. And yet, I also know the joy and comfort of knowing they suffer no longer, in fact they celebrate in Heaven in a perfect state as they await our arrival.

The poem you selected brought joy along with the tears. We will be together with those we love when we gather in Glory to celebrate in the perfection of the Lord. No infirmities, no disabilities, NO TEARS -- only JOY! I look forward to that day . . .

And yet . . . today I celebrate the little joys all around me which serve to remind me God watches over me. You, my VERY sweet friend, are loved in the world by so many, in the bloggy world by more, and God showers you with an everlasting love. Take heart and know you are loved and prayed for and thought of so fondly in this difficult time.

How I wish you could be here today for a cuppa tea and something sweet to nibble on as we chat away about this and that and everything wonderful about Joe and Andrew and all those who have gone over before us. Naturally we would begin sharing lovingly about all of those right around us that squeeze our hearts of love, and then we would ramble on about those we have never actually met but love just the same! Amazing the seeds of love and friendship that the Lord has sowed into our short lives.

Praise be to God for Joe's deliverance. Praise be to God for the comfort He will supply you at any moment (ask and ye shall receive). And may my friendship across the web (and that of so many like me) provide some small measure of comfort and love to you whenever you need it.

You remain in my prayers without ceasing, sweet friend. You are loved. : ) XOXOXOXOXOXOX ...

Diane of Crafty Passions said...

My sincere sympathy to you.His memory will live in the hearts of those who loved him.
Diane

tina said...

My deepest sympathies for your loss of your beloved.

Debbie said...

Dearest Connie, I'm so sorry and deeply saddened with the loss of your sweet Joe.

May you find comfort knowing you are loved by so many and strength from our loving Heavenly Father.

I will continue to keep you ever in my prayers and may God be with you.

Love and Hugs - Debbie

Judy said...

Hi Connie, I am so sorry. I've been thinking of you everyday. There are no words to express my sadness. My heart goes out to you. I feel like I know you through our visits. If there is anything I can do please don't hesitate to let me know. Lots of love and hugs heading your way.

ALI said...

connie-Take peace in knowing that you always did the best you could for him, even when he fought you on it! You made the right decisons at the right times, with his best interests at heart. You are a strong and beautiful woman, and we are all here for you! My door is always open!

Stacey said...

My thoughts and prayers are definitely with you. Please know that so many people care about what you are going through.

Meredith Teagarden said...

Here from Brenda's. I am so very sorry to read of the loss of your husband.

The tribute you wrote, a poem by an unknown writer, has me barely able to type. May you be comforted and surrounded with love in the coming days.

Mari said...

I'm so sorry, Connie. Please accept my heartfelt sympathies. He's now pain free and at peace with our Lord. I can't help but shed a tear although I've never met you both.

May God be with you.

Alex said...

Oh Connie....my heart is aching for you right now. You've been on my mind and in my heart for a very long time now. Please know that I am here for you, whatever you need...even if you simply need a shoulder to cry on. You are loved so very much!! *hugs*

FancyHorse said...

Oh, Connie, my heart goes out to you. I will keep you in my prayers. That is a lovely poem.

Nance said...

Connie,
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. May God strengthen you in times like this and please remember, there are a lot of people who care about you.

May Joe rest in peace.

Blessings,
nance

Chris said...

Dear Connie,

I am so sorry for your tremendous loss! I will be holding you up in prayer as you learn to live your life without your sweet Joe.

I also love Brenda's idea of planting a garden in his memory.
Why not ask all of your friends and family to contribute seeds to plant it?

My God comfort you during this sad time. Hugs, Chris

big d said...
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big d said...

I'm going to miss you Joe from talking about sports, life and sharing your mercurial quick with that would leave us in stitches oh so many times. Your passion for life,seeing the humorous side out it, competitive nature and good friendship and love of music can't be replaced as there was only one JOE D.. You'll be sorely missed, but I am glad that you are at peace and no longer in pain. It was way to soon for you to go, but nobody would want you to have to suffer and we can't control what life holds for us unfortunately, so all we can say is we are richer for having known you, will miss you greatly during our time here and hope to be reunited with you again someday, when our time comes.... To Connie,our heartfelt condolences and at the same time thanks for making Joe's last days as comfortable and peaceful as possible. You were a wonderful help to him at the worst time of his life and managed to stay composed despite all of the emotions involved in such a horrible experience, so we thank and commend you at the same time for being there with our friend at the end and wish you the best.

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Connie, I am so sorry for your loss! My thoughts are with you and if there is anything we can do to help you please let us know! Really!

smith kaich jones said...

I've never met you & this is my 1st visit to your beautiful blog - via Brenda @ View from the Pines - but I wanted to offer you my condolences & prayers. Please remember to take extra care of yourself right now - you are so vulnerable & need so many hugs, especially from yourself.

Take care.
Debi

Virginia said...

Dearest Connie,
May memories comfort you in your time of sorrow; Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us everyday.
You remain in my prayers.
God Bless you & give you strength.
Love,
Virginia

My Petite Maison said...

Hello Connie,
I'm here from Brenda's View from the Pines. Just wanted you to know as a fellow family member of a cancer victim,I wanted to share my heart-felt sympathies.

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

Come look me up if you feel like talking.
~Tracie

Les Cotrions said...

Dear Connie, I'm so sorry to read about your husband!I haven't words to express my sympathy for your bereavement. I can only tell you that you'll be in my prayers and thoughts. Your tribute for him is so touching...
Hugs and love!
Vale

Lucy said...

Love and prayers your way from Florida. My kitties also said to say hello from them.

CIELO said...

Oh Connie, this is so sad.... I didn't know about Joe's passing until just now.. my sincere sympathy to you my sweet friend. My prayers are with you. Believe... believe that a power greater than all of us is still in control of our lives... believe!

cielo

Alex said...

Thinking of you....so much love and prayers are being sent your way. xoxoxoxo

Lynne said...

So sorry to hear of your loss.
Lynne

Judy said...

Hi Connie, Just a quick note to let you know I am thinking of you!!

Virginia said...

Most loving God, You know the pain and sorrow of death; mercifully hear our prayer for those who mourn the death of their beloved. The nights are lonely and the days are too long. Comfort them and bring an end to the days of tears. Bless them and bring an end to their days of sorrow. Renew them with the joy of life and bring to an end their days of mourning. Let the bond of love which You have for Your people be the foundation of their hope that love never ends and that precious moments with our beloved are forever held dear in our hearts.
In Jesus Name We Pray, Amen.
Thinking of you,
Virginia

Alex said...

Hi Connie...I'm still thinking of you..**hugs**

CIELO said...

Good morning sweetie.... Came to check on you and see how things are doing.... I'm praying for you, you are not alone.... feel God's presence all around you.

Love

cielo

CIELO said...

Just came to let you know I'm thinking of you.... a prayer was said for you last night...

Until the day when God shall deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is summed up in these two words,--'Wait and hope'. (Alexandre Dumas)

Hugs

cielo

Alex said...

Hello, sweet Connie. Just wanted you to know that I'm constantly thinking of you. I miss you and hope you are doing OK. Lotsa love to you!!

*hugs*

Les Cotrions said...

Hello Connie! I hope you're a little bit better...I'm thinking about you...
Hugs,

Vale

Debbie said...

Hi Connie, My heart is so heavy for you and I needed to stop by to say you are ever in my thoughts and prayers. I miss you.

Love and Hugs - Debbie

Alex said...

Connie...I am always thinking of you..very much! *hugs*

FancyHorse said...

Dear Connie, You are still in my thoughts and prayers.

Les Cotrions said...

Hi Connie! I'm thinking about you...
Hugs,
Vale

Mari said...

Hi Connie. I'm back here to visit you.

Hugs

CIELO said...

I'm thinking of you.....

Hugs

cielo

Nance said...

Connie,
My thoughts and prayers are still with you.
Here's a big, warm hugs from me
(((( ))))

nance

Meredith Teagarden said...

Thinking of you this holiday season!

Debbie in CA : ) said...

Just a wee note to let you know I miss you, but share prayers for you sooooo often. The healing path twists and turns . . . the friendship path runs parallel without ceasing. May you be blessed. I am thankful to "know" you. : )

Alex said...

Connie...just want you to know that I am still thinking of you. Hope you are doing OK. *hugs*

Virginia said...

My dear Connie,
Your in my thoughts and prayers, hope you are feeling a little better. I know is hard to lose a love one.
Hugs and blessings,
Virginia

Beverly said...

Dear Connie,

I just want to let you know that you remain in my thoughts and prayers. I wish there was something else I could do to help you.

Joy said...

Connie - I was thinking about you yesterday and had lost track of your blog. I found you again from a comment in an older post of mine.

I am so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. May the Holy Spirit's presence be an especially great comfort to you in this time.

Alex said...

Connie...I sure hope you're doing OK. Sure miss you! **hugs**

Les Cotrions said...

Ciao Connie! I'm thinking about you! We all miss you! I hope you are better....
Bacio
Vale

Mary said...

Connie,
Still thinking and praying for you. May the New Year brings you good tidings...

Nance said...

Opps, sorry, Connie, that was me (Mary)...i didn't realized that i was logged on under my daughter's account.

FancyHorse said...

This must be a very hard Christmas for you. My thoughts and prayers are with you. (((hugs)))

CIELO said...

Connie... I can't tell you how happy I was to see you at the house in the roses this afternoon...... I'm so happy to hear you are doing well.... Know and believe the love that God has to you, and you are secure; His love is a fortress impregnable to all the assaults of Satan. Happiness to you and a new beginning filled with joy, my friend...

Love you.

Cielo

Beverly said...

Connie, I wanted to stop in to let you know that I am thinking of you, and that you remain in my prayers.

May this new year bring you comfort.

Virginia said...

I know this was a very hard Christmas for you, I have you in my prayers and I wish you a wonderful new year full of joy, peace, health, happiness, success and prosperity and all God's love.
Virginia :)

Debbie said...

Dear Connie, You are not forgotten. I have you in my heart and in my thoughts and prayers daily.

I know this must be a very difficult time for you and you need to know you are loved. I miss you and yet I understand you need time.

Love and Hugs,

Debbie

Nance said...

Connie,
Hope and pray it gets better everyday. You are loved.

Beverly said...

Connie, just stopping by again to let you know that you remain in my prayers.

Judy said...

Hi Connie, just stopping bye to say Hi and I hope you are doing well. Miss you a bunch.

Debbie said...

Hello Connie,

I just wanted to stop by to say hello. I'm thinking about you and just wanted you to know you are loved and that I'm still praying for you.

Love and Hugs - Debbie

Debbie said...

Good Day Connie. I felt the urge to give you a hug. You are never far from my thoughts and prayers.

Love and Hugs - Debbie

Mari said...

Hi Connie. Thinking of you.

Hugs.

Debbie said...

Hello Connie,

Oh how the days pass and I find you are still ever in my thoughts and prayers.

Hugs,

Debbie

silk purse said...

My dearest,lovely woman; I feel so deeply saddened for you.., May God richly comfort you in this time of loss and sorrow!.., My life has been touched by loss and grief of three loved ones , over the past two years, so I deeply empathize with you.., However my dear mother could speak more eloquently to the pain of loosing your man, your dealy beloved one, as she lost my dad tragically , suddenly in an accidental death two yaers ago..,

Blessings, much loving support and prayers.. Silken Purse

Mari said...

Connie,

Passing by to let you know am thinking of you.

Have a blessed day,

Mari

Chris said...

Dear Connie,

Just checking in to say you are loved and missed! I pray that your heart has found comfort and joy in the life you were able to share with Joe!

Hugs, CHris

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