Starting a new normal 

Becky and I attended a funeral last week.

The funeral was for the Father of our sweet friend Debbie and the Grandfather of our friends Robby and Becky. 


We had never met Mr. McLaughlin.  You don’t go to funerals for the person who has left this Earth. You go to the funeral for those left behind. 

When Debbie came down the aisle and locked eyes with us, her eyes filled with tears, we knew that coming to the funeral was the right thing to do. She never expected us to be there. We didn’t know 95% of her family. 

Mr. McLaughlin was “not leaving home but coming home” as spoken by the priest at Our Lady of the Springs Catholic Church. His journey home ended as he entered Heaven. He met Jesus. 

The years that he spent debilitated with Alzheimer’s were no more. He was whole. 

As the family now has to figure out living this new way of normal I will pray. Will you pray with me? 

My friend Robby faces his own set of challenges and as he spoke the Eulogy as his Grandpas funeral, he spoke of his family verse. Deuteronomy 31:6

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

It’s not easy to not be afraid. The world we live in is sometimes a scary place. 

This week I will read Deuteronomy 31:6 often. It’s a promise to us. 

I will also be listening to some good old Irish tunes. Maybe some “Danny Boy” or a little “When Irish eyes are smiling” because Mr McLaughlin loved those songs and evidently he was a singer and would bust out singing every once in a while. 

To Debbie, Robby and Becky,

Your life here on earth will never be the same without Dad and Grandpa, that’s a fact. The good news is, he’s dancing to an old Irish gig, hanging with Jesus and shooting the breeze with those who went before him. And? He’s just waiting on you to get there. 

I love you friends.

Charma 

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