In Memorium – Daily Post Prompt: Priceless


A Visit With Sandra

KENT BUS JRN PIC - with credits

The knitted heart
Of one who knows me best –
Both good and bad – yet loves me still.
True Friend.

Composed in memory of my dearest friend, who went from this life 10 days ago — much too soon and too quickly:  Kent Bartholomew Mann (1957-2017).

[Daily Post Prompt: Priceless]


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3 thoughts on “In Memorium – Daily Post Prompt: Priceless

    1. I understand completely. And I actually didn’t set out to write so many things about this man or my grief, but the creativity God has given me is something that He uses to help me process these kinds of things — I think — and often for many artists and writers, the griefs of life have spawned some of their finest works. So I hesitate to refuse to write about these things.

      I remember a few years ago, I sat down to my keyboard and began to compose a story about a man given a short time to live, and as the story took form, he took a stand against death, refusing to let it rob him of any of the quality of life he did have left on this earth. As I wrote that story I was aware that the Lord was revealing to me that my dad would be leaving this life very soon — even though doctors had not given him a specific prognosis to that effect. He was 87, and the Lord just let me know. But the heaviness of that realization was almost too much to bear at that time. I was surprised to find that as I wrote the story, I was actually processing my own grief about my dad. It’s amazing how God will use gifts He’s given us to help us like that.

      Many, many years ago, I was a professional musician and didn’t write a lot — because you simply can’t do both prolifically at the same time. At that time, I found that in the midst of every event that brought me grief, I sat down to an organ or piano and played. It was just automatic — no thought or planning — just my natural response to grief and my God-given way to process it. God’s good, and He knows what we need to find relief from the hurtful and ugly things in this life.

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      1. But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. (Psalms 5:11 KJV)
        Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart. (Psalms 32:11 KJV)
        … weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. (Psalms 30:5b KJV)


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