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on April 22, 2014

A small thing from the weekend: unexpected comfort

My husband took me on a getaway this past weekend. He arranged for the place and babysitter, and that is all I knew.

We ended up in a cabin in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee with two friends for the long Easter holiday.

I would love to share the whole trip, but I really just want to highlight one thing.

Our first morning there I took my coffee and journal out to the patio to read and soak up all the mountainous glory.


I could picture Dad sitting next to me, taking it all in. He would love this place.

As I reflected I was reminded of my penance from confession a few weeks ago. The priest told me to allow myself to listen to what God wanted to tell me.

“Speak Lord, Your servant is listening.”

The whole day was spent visiting a section of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. We came across many old cabins, churches, and graveyards. At first it was a little strange being a tourist in a graveyard, but as I read through some of the grave markers, I started to notice the quotes that were on them.

I took a picture of a few at the first graveyard and didn’t think much of it. Then as we stopped at more, the pictures kept coming. And after I read this one, I knew what was happening.


“As you hold me close in memory although we are apart, my spirit will live on there within your heart. I am with you always.”

I was finally listening.


“Mother is gone but not forgotten, she is resting in the arms of Jesus, waiting for her loved ones to come.”

Dad will always be with me. He will not be forgotten. God is taking care of him as he waits for his family to join him.

Words of comfort from God to me in the beauty of the Smoky Mountains.


What words of comfort did you hear recently? Please share. We all need a little comfort these days.


One response to “comfort

  1. Josie says:

    “Right now, you have all you’ll ever need.” It is from the book Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama. I borrowed that book from my grandma and read a year or two ago. The quote probably goes deeper, but I found it to mean cease trying to live for the next best worldly thing. It could also mean wisdom and strength. I immediately went to the present moment and made a difference, without thinking of tomorrow or yesterday. It comforts me to know that God is beyond our knowing.


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