‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Matthew 5:4

By Candi Winckel

The year 2020 was a year of loss and mourning for me and for many others in our nation and in our church family.  So many tears were shed.  As I reflect on that period of time, I am comforted by the lessons I learned from those that I loved.

Sandi Lebsack taught me gentleness of spirit.

Kevin O’Connor showed me courage and strength.

From Charline Reichert I learned peace and acceptance.

Betty Jacoby showed me the importance of independence.

Faye Nygren taught me to be joyful in all things.

Martie Barker was the epitome of strong determination.

Sam Huet showed me how contagious a sense of humor can be.

Ruby Lebsack always exhibited a love of family.

Mary Knutson taught me about faith and prayer.

I still mourn for those I loved and lost in my own family, but once again God comforts me through their examples.  I lost my mother nearly fifty years ago, but I still remember her generosity and love for others, even during her times of pain.  My Grandma Kate taught me a love for learning and adventure; she was still learning calligraphy up until the day she passed away.  From my dad, I learned the importance of service-to our country, to our town and to our church. 

Yes, God blesses those who mourn. Today, be thankful for those people who have touched your life and be comforted in their memories and by their examples. Dear Lord, thank you for bringing so many special people into our lives who touch us in an abundance of ways.  Thank you for comforting us and for being with us always.  Amen