My husband and I watched the sunrise together this morning.

It was awesome and life giving. I remembered then that it was the one year anniversary of the passing of a friend of ours. There was this contrast between the rising sun on the one hand, and on the other, the sadness of having to have said the final goodbyes. Sometimes we get the opportunity to say them, and sometimes they are said for us through sudden change of circumstances. But they are final.

This friend’s wife’s journey of the past year has been, to say the least, astounding. She is incredibly courageous, positive, hopeful, practical, wise, graceful, peaceful transparent,honest and caring. She has come through so much since the horrific accident they suffered a year ago. She has an incredible story and testimony of God’s grace and love, as do her children.

The sunrise reminded me of the following:

“The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.”

In honour of her and her family, I am sharing a poem she wrote today:


One year today
One very very long year
It seems as impossible now
as it seemed then
It seems as unfathomable now
as it did then
It is as real now
as it was then
That I will never
hear you
say my name again
That I will never
feel you wrap me
in your arms again
That I will never
wake up and hear
you breathe again
But you left me
your eyes
in the eyes
of a son
and you left me
your smile
in the smile
of a son
And your laughter
will be with me always
My memories
are the colour of
your kindness
The gift of your love
changed my life
I am so blessed
so, so blessed!

– Karin, May 17th, 2016


This is about a broken relationship of many years We have not arrived yet. There is still a journey ahead of us. But the beginning of this road feels so good. It is so hopeful. It is already healing.  Freeing and  liberating.  The unspoken promise of a new life allures me.

It is about the soft liquid that starts to fill in the cracks. It is about the firm cement that will  keep the bricks together.

We will restore this building into something beautiful. Something completely new. It is about forgiveness and letting go. It is about the fact the mercy triumphs over justice.

It is the realization that love conquers all.