28 January 2008

At the end of a long good day

My heart isn't breaking in quite the way I've long imagined it would when I received this news; I am wounded but not devastated. My tears are falling and I don't expect them to stop for a while, but at my center I feel the balm of gratitude and a simple quiet. I love you, President Hinckley. You are one of the people I have loved best in all the world. Thank you for the difference you've made in my life. I am changed for the better because of your care and your influence. I feel so good, knowing that you are right at this very moment encircled in the arms of safety and love. God be with you (and all of us) till we meet again.


16 comments:

compulsive writer said...

Oh what a wonderful man. The only thing that makes this news bearable is knowing how happy he and his lovely wife must be to be together again.

Grammy said...

I knew you would write something beautiful...thank you. I wish I could spend the morning reminiscing about that great man instead of having a root canal! How unbelievably fortunate we were to live within his ever watchful care.

Grammy said...

I meant "are"...

Geo said...

C-DUB. I would love to see the beautiful reception, the celebration that must be going on and on to welcome him.

GRAMMY. Thank YOU. Although I'm not in the dentist's chair today, I can relate to your wish to close up shop and spend some time in quiet remembrance. I'm walking and working in a cloud of deep thought this morning.

We really were/are blessed.

(Good luck with your root canal.)

Am'n2deep said...

I feel a sense of peace as well, far greater than sadness. He will be missed, but the world is a better place because of his life.

Did you hear the church spokesman, when asked if those who were close to him knew he was dying, say something like, "Well, he didn't show up to work on Friday, so they knew that something wasn't right."

Just Friday? That made me smile.

Elizabeth said...

I feel the same way. (And, interestingly enough, I used this exact same picture on my blog when I just posted and then came to yours and found the same one!)

I love this man, and will miss him so very much.

eclecticentertaining said...

I just heard about this on Paul Harvey. I'm not LDS (I grew up in Mississippi and there were no LDS in Mississippi back then... don't know about now), but he sounded like a wonderful Godly man. Sweet post.

Geo said...

AM'N. No, I hadn't heard that. It makes me smile too. So perfectly him.

ELIZABETH. I think this picture is going to turn up everywhere. It's my favorite one I can find of him on the internet, and I love that there's a matching photo of Sister Hinckley. Aren't they beautiful?

I'm carrying a load of sad today, and I know I'm not the only one. It's overwhelming to imagine the number of tears and thankful prayers that are flowing out from all around the world. So many people loved and revered President Hinckley and knew him as prophet and friend.

ECLECTIC. Thank you! You are so, so very right about him.

Rynell said...

I share these sentiments. Thank you for sharing your beautiful words.

Jamie said...

Ahhh, Georgia, how I wish we were still neighbors! You could sit next to me under my downy duvet with my kleenex (for tears adn for the cold that is currently trying to kill me) and talk and sniffle. I LOVE that picture of Marjorie P...it made me tear up again. I am so happy for the two of them, but sad for all of us. You know, I slept in til 10 (my MIL took the kids cuz I'm sick) and got up to get an orange. As I was cutting it, I looked out the kitchen window and saw thick snow falling horizontally, and thought, "Nature mourns, too." Remember when President Benson and President Hunter died? One had a cloud burst and the other a spring blizzard. It's nice to take a day and know even the sky is mourning. I look forward to the funeral and to sustaining our new prophet--"Fatehr Christmas Monson", we always call him.

So yeah...I am missing you today! Here's an e-hug

sue-donym said...

I like how you said "wounded but not devestated".


Exactly.

b. said...

I love those pictures.
Sister Hinckley has the sweetest face!

Emily said...

Oh, I love the juxtaposition of those two pictures, Geo. I kept wishing the world would slow down today, that it would just give us some quiet time to reflect on and honor this man that we love so dearly...but it didn't. It kept right on at its dizzying pace. I'm so thankful for what my blog friends have written and recalled -- it's provided some really valuable reflection time for me.

Olivia said...

I love that man. So good, so nice, so funny, so wise.

sara said...

Aren't they the cutest couple ever? Their happiness and longevity are so inspiring. Their present joy must be immeasurable.

Monica B. said...

Beautifully said!