Love Shows Up

They have been our faithful friends for more than thirty years. Together, our families have gone through being poor, a child’s divorce, a child’s painful choices, a literal house fire, weddings and births of grand-babies. We have cried, fought, giggled, sat in comfortable silence together.

And this week, his dad died.


And there isn’t much we can do to dull the pain of separation. The grieving is there, and his pain pains us.

But love shows up.

So we drove a few hours to be there while he said his good-bye. And we listened to many who honored the man who was his father. A man whose commitment to his family told his very story. A man who loved through the new generation, a man who shaped my friend to become who he is.

And as I sat and listened, I saw such profound beauty in the ordinary, and I felt proud to have known him just a bit, this man who just entered into heaven.

And as I sat and listened, I sensed such profound joy in being tucked into the family of man. The family of God. And I knew that my friend, he sensed it as well. And that sometimes, all love needs to do is to be there.

And love, it lets us see that the cycle of life, it is the same for all. And love, it causes us to understand that being there bears witness to solidarity. And commitment.

And love that shows up, it reminds that we might as well hold hands and join the dance together.

Cultivating Thankfulness with Ann Voskamp

one-thousand7#808 Returning my son’s dog safely after watching him for four days 

#809 Being caught in a lovely rain 

#810 Motivating 42 teenagers

#811 Essential Oils

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  1. Beautiful post! It is so touching when love shows up even in the goodbyes. A sobering reminder that we truly do leave a legacy when we leave this world. Grateful to have stopped here this morning! Have a blessed Thanksgiving!


  2. Hi Barbara
    Sorry to hear of your friend’s loss. I am glad you were there to be a comfort and the heart of Jesus to them at their time of need! That little fellow looks mighty proud of his grandad!
    Blessings XX


  3. Beautiful, as always. Saying good bye is so sad, but having that love surround you and around you really does “lighten the load”. Have a nice Thanksgiving. ps – Love #808, 809, 810 and 811….;0)


  4. Beautiful! The line that says ,love shows up so we should dance together, really touched me. Thank you for recognizing the gift of life. Praying for you as you celebrate life but mourn the loss of someone dear.
    Blessings, Mary!


  5. Beautiful post, Barb! Love certainly does show up. When my nephew died at the age of 19, I don’t think my family would have survived without all the love that showed up. My brother’s home was full of people before we, his family, could even get there. How blessed we are to have such a loving Christian family to share all the joys and trials of life. Thanks for linking up to Testimony Tuesday!


  6. It is never easy to say good bye, even when you know they are entering heaven. I am so glad you could be with your friends and show your loving support. Thank you for sharing at “Tell Me a story.”


  7. I’m sorry for your loss. This was a beautiful reminder of how love does show up. Thank you for sharing with us. As I go through a difficult season I’ve witnessed over and over how love shows up…and it brings such great comfort.
    Blessings to you. Thank you so much for joining us every week for Three Word Wednesday.


  8. There may not be anything we can DO, but being there and praying are two of the most important things that can ever be done.

    Thank you for sharing this at the HomeAcre Hop. I hope you’ll join us again this Thursday.


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