Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Thankful Thursday-My Brother


I cannot believe that one week ago, I was attending my brothers funeral. My heart is still deeply saddened, the grief is still very fresh. I will always remember him, and cherish the memories. This thankful Thursday is dedicated to my dear brother Charles. I am forever thankful for:1)The blessing of being his little sister. 2)His smile, it always made me smile. 3) His laughter, unforgettable. 4)The way he loved his wife, and two children. They were his world, he was such a wonderful husband, and father. 5) The way he lived life to the fullest, and he was so full of life. 6)The way he loved to ride his motorcycle, nothing he enjoyed more. He is now riding all over heaven, with our sweet momma. 7) The way he loved his country, he was so proud to be an American. 8) The kindness he so willingly showed to others. 9)He never met a stranger, he had so many friends. 10) The heart prints that he left behind on so many peoples lives. I love you Charles, always have, and forever will. I miss you so very much already. I am so very sorry that this happened to you, but God needed you more than we did. I am so glad that you will no longer have to deal with the disease that took your life, diabetes. You are free from its grip, fly my angel fly.

36 comments:

Stacy said...

Denise, I am so terribly sorry for your loss. At the same time, I am glad that your brother has a new body, one free of disease. Praying for God's peace and comfort to sustain you while you travel through this journey of grief. He has you in the palm of His hand and He understands EVERY emotion you feel. Not only that, He is BIG enough to handle those emotions -- even the ugliest of them. (((hugs)))

snippets said...

I am so sorry for your loss, Denise...I pray that the Lord will keep you, and your brother's family, company through this sad journey.
*hugs*

Melanie said...

Praying for you as you walk this new road in life without your brother. I am so glad that he was such a special part of your life... truly a gift from God.

eph2810 said...

Oh, Denise what a beautiful tribute to your brother. I know it is still hard for all of you, but you know that you will see him again :)

Thank you so much for sharing your grateful heart with us, despite your sadness.

Be blessed today and always...

Tanja said...

Denise, I'm so sorry! I'm sure you cried the whole time you wrote your post. It's beautiful.

Mary said...

Such a beautiful tribute to your brother, Charles. Losing my brother just a few months ago, I can feel the emotion of your love, your grief and also your pride of who he was. I UNDERSTAND!

mary

LAURIE said...

Denise, I am so sorry to hear of your loss of your beloved brother. What a wonderful thing that you find praise and a grateful heart even in the midst of your troubled heart. That is very pleasing to the Lord. Sometimes we need to not ask the question WHY but ask HOW can we praise you in this situation Lord? -Peace and blessings to you, Laurie

Gina's Public Diary said...

I'm so sorry for your loss Denise. He sounded like a wonderful person.

Cheryl said...

Oh Denise,

I'm so so sorry. I didn't know your brother passed. Even though he is now disease free, he has left the people who loved him so. You have painted such a lovely picture of your brother. Thank you for sharing this. I' sorry for your loss. I'm thankful this Thursday that our God died on the cross so you can see you Mom and brother again, and I can see my Dad and others.

Praying during this time.
Cheryl

mama meji said...

What a sweet and touching tribute to your brother Charles. I'm sorry for your loss but I know in the healing and comforting powers of God. May His grace comfort you in this times of grief. And then again, as you said, we can all be thankful because your brother is freed from his disease.

Peggy said...

Oh Denise this grieves my heart so much and I am truly sorry for the loss of your wonderful brother Charles though as you say he no longer has to suffer. Your aMazing spirit, inspite of your burden of heaviness and grief, is a tremendous tribute to honor a great person...your precious brother and friend! Those 10 memories on your list are indeed worded beautifully...I love how you spoke of the heart prints he left and how all were his friends, he never met a stranger...how aMazing. I pray that the Holy Spirit holds you and brings you comfort! So sweet your words and love for him! God speed Charles but take it easy on your cycle with your momma! How freeing! Be blessed and find strength and comfort as you heal and grieve!
Thank you for sharing and blessing me at my TT! Shortybear..big BEAR HUG...so you can bear the days in God's grace and love! Peace in all!

Serendipity said...

Denise, so sorry for your loss. Hope you take comfort in his release from the disease. My thoughts and prayers go to you.

Steven and Aisha said...

My deepest sympathy for you and your brother's family. I cannot imagine what it feels like to lose someone you love and care about. My prayers are with you all.

Juliet said...

Hi Beautiful Lady.
I know this has been such a painful time for you. But even though you've been hurting, we have seen your love, your heart for others (even jumping back onto our blogs this week to encourage us- amazing!), your sweetness and your trust in our beautiful Heavenly Father.
You are in our hearts and thoughts, Lovely One. Bless you. J.

Tammy said...

Denise,
I am sorry to hear of your loss but what a blessing to have a sweet loving brother.

Praying for you...
Tammy

Cheryl said...

Oh Denise I am sorry for your loss. I have two brothers that I love dearly and just can't imagine loosing them. You have such a wonderful tribute to him. May God comfort your sweet heart and give you peace. God Bless~

Darlene said...

Great tribute to your brother..so sorry for your loss. I will pray for you.

Heather said...

A beautiful tribute. May you feel God's more than ever. {{hugs}}

Rosheeda said...

I'm sorry for your loss, sweetness. But I am extremely thankful that you have a heart to be grateful still, even in the midst of such pain. Love you, sweet thing.

IRENE said...

Beyond words. Thankful. God bless you. Love.

Laurie Ann said...

What a wonderful tribute to your brother, Denise. I can tell how much you loved him and were loved by him. I continue to pray for you as you travel this grief-stricken road, and am praying that God's peace will bring you much comfort.

BP said...

Denise, I've been praying for you today.

Love Bears All Things said...

I know the pain is still fresh and will be for a very long time. This is a beautiful tribute to your brother. I hope you're feeling better now with the health issues. And thank you for praying for me.
Love,
Mama Bear

becky voyles said...

This was a beautiful post to your brother. He would be so proud. I am still new to this blogging thing. I hit the create a link and your post went on my blog. Sorry. I didn't know it would do that. If you want me to remove it, I will.

alihsee said...

A lovely tribute to your special brother - thank you for sharing your grief with us this week.

Beth K. Vogt said...

Denise,
I can hear the love you have for you brother.
I am so, so sorry for your loss.
You--and all of your family--are in my prayers.

Beth@TheAccidentalPharisee

Jane Anne said...

I am sorry for your loss. That was a beautiful tribute. Thank you for being thankful in the middle of your grief.

Jia said...

I'm sorry for your loss hun. I guess we both have similar things to be grateful for this week huh? Life, and the memory of those who loved us.

Marsha said...

I'm thankful your brother is with the Lord, sweetie. And I'm thankful for you, my friend.

Cathy/ Mommy Motivation said...

Denise, so sorry about your loss. And I'm so touched that you saw fit to share this sweet prayer with us.

Bless you, Sister,
Cathy

Pia said...

denise... (((HUGS)))

Tiffany Stuart said...

Denise, this is a precious tribute to your brother. What a wonderful gift heaven received. He will be missed. I am so sorry.

Heather@Mommymonk said...

Thanks for this glimpse into your brother's life. He sounds like such a down to earth kind of guy - full of laughter and fun.

Laura of Harvest Lane said...

A beautiful tribute.
May God bring healing through the grief for your family and your brother's friends.
Laura

southmsmomof4 said...

Thank you so much for opening your heart and sharing this with us. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you also for ALWAYS visiting me on Thankful Thursday and for the sweet comments left for me there. I look forward to them each time I post my TT list. Have a blessed weekend in Christ Jesus.
BTW- Love the new look of your blog:-)

JesuLalaine said...

I'm sorry for your loss, Denise. I was teary eyed when I read your post since I also lost someone who was so dear to me (my father)a few years ago..I could understand how you could miss someone so much. God bless you and I know God is always there to comfort you. MY prayers for his wife and kids too.