Yet Shall He Live

October 29, 2015 | My Jottings

It’s probably normal that everything reminds me of Michael now. I see any kind of beauty, and then I wonder what kind of beauty he is seeing in heaven. I see pictures of the uncountable galaxies the Hubble sends back to earth, and I wonder what it must be like for Michael to be in the presence of the One who made them all.

We’ve had some glorious sunrises lately, and here’s a photo I took just last week from our dining room. The sun rises over our part of Lake Superior and it never fails to send my thoughts heavenward.


The military foot stone commemorating Michael’s service in the United States Marine Corps has been installed on his grave. (I didn’t do a great job of removing the key dates in this photo below…I did this so weird people trolling over innocent little blogs can’t use the dates and names for fraudulent purposes.)

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And this morning I was reading John, chapter 11 and of course these verses lit up for me:

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.”  ~John 11:25-27

Though he die, yet shall he live. Michael believed in Jesus and placed his complete trust in Him. So you can imagine how precious this promise of Jesus is to me — yet Michael shall live.

I walk through the cemetery where Michael’s body was laid to rest in February, and am overwhelmed once again by the beauty that death can bring.


Many blessings to you, dear friends. Thank you for stopping by.


  1. Kay says:

    Such a blessing that your Michael had such a strong faith. I’m so glad that you are able to appreciate the beauty all around you. 🙂
    Alan also has a strong faith. When he was recently on the critical care ward in our local hospital, at one point he thought he was going to die. His heart was racing so fast, and he’d seen his first wife die in identical circumstances. But, he wasn’t scared for himself, he was concerned about how devastated I would be. I’m sure Michael would have felt the same in his lucid moments.
    Would you please pray for Alan. He had a bone scan last Thursday to see if the cancer has spread to his bones. It’s already spread outside of his prostate gland. We’ll be getting the results next Thursday.
    Sending lots of love to you and yours xxx

  2. Just Julie says:

    Dearest Kay, Yes of course I will be praying….for Alan and for you too. How would we possibly do life without our Lord? I know you both feel the same. May you both feel His healing touch and His deepest peace. Your other comments blessed me, Kay. I send you my love across the miles. Praying… xoxo

  3. Kay says:

    We don’t know how people stay sane without knowing God.
    I’m having a MRI scan on Wednesday to try and see what’s causing my back pain. We’re praying that all will be made clear.

  4. Just Julie says:

    I am praying for clear answers for you, Kay. And that it will be something they can treat to give you relief. Here’s an old song I love and still sing to myself. Very simple lyrics, but scriptural and powerful:

    God touch you and Alan today…xoxo

  5. Ember says:

    So sorry to read this thread above of Kay’s troubles. Peace and good courage to you, Kay xx

    About the blog post – Julie, what a beautiful setting! I think Michael would delight in knowing his remains were laid to rest under that canopy of wild glory. xx

  6. Kay says:

    Good news Julie – Alan’s cancer hasn’t spread! Thank you for your prayers.
    And thank you Ember for your kind words. 🙂
    Alan has to have hormone treatment for 3 years and radiotherapy for six weeks, five days a week. There is a risk with the radiotherapy. It can cause bleeding in lots of cases and Alan’s severe haemophilia is a major complication. But the treatment has to go ahead because his cancer is very aggressive.
    However, we are both trusting in the goodness of God. He will be with us every step of the way.
    (Hope you don’t mind me hijacking your blog, but I cAn also update Ember here.)
    Lots of love to you all

  7. Just Julie says:

    Kay — what wonderful news this is! I’m so happy that there’s no spread, and that there is a path you know you’re to take, even if it will need full trust in God. And you are both trusting Him and have for so many years now. You can hijack my blog for prayer needs and good reports all you like. I think even the people who don’t always comment, do always care.

    Ember — thank you for your words here too. I know Michael loves/approves of this cemetery because we loved it before it was actually needed. 🙂 Wish you could see it in person. But then this is an American talking to an Englishwoman, in a country who almost owns the patent on the word beauty! Haha! … xoxox

  8. Ginny says:

    Ladies I have been to Mickey’s Resting Place and it is perfect. Makes you feel like whispering because it is so serene and beautiful. I think that is a gift for those of us who want to visit the site.
    Still so hard to believe this dear friend won’t be at home to feed everything with wings and 4 legs, to crack me up with his next new project, but most of all to see him loving on his Jewel….
    Miss you Mickey!!!!!

  9. Ginny says:

    And Kay, you stand strong for your man!!! I would consider it an honor to join the ranks of those praying for both of you. I have walked that dark trail with my husband also.

  10. Just Julie says:

    Thank you for such a blessing with your words here, Ginny. You made me smile. Yes, Michael loved to feed all creatures great and small. I knew Kay would find others praying for her and Alan too! Thank you for that. (And in case others were wondering, my friend Ginny rarely calls anyone by their given name. Once she meets you she’ll nickname you….so Michael and Julie became Mickey and Jewel. 🙂 xoxoxo)

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