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A Picture is Worth…

By Rev. Dr. Ed Hird

Image result for deep cove heritage societyOne of the enjoyable places to visit in the Seymour/Deep Cove community is the Deep Cove Heritage Society Office on Gallant Avenue.  With their new office Co-ordinator Jim Slight, there are hundreds of Deep Cove photos available to help one reminisce and explore.  A picture is indeed worth a thousand words.  Over the thirty years that I have served in the community, I have taken many photos of the remarkable beauty of our Deep Cove trees, mountains, and water.  Since the invention of the cellphone, my photo collection, probably like yours, has increased astronomically.  Only a small percentage of my photos ever get printed off.

When I take time to view photos stored on my computer or photo albums, memories flood back with a vengeance.  Sometimes these photos fill me with joy and laughter.  Sometimes I feel sad because a person in a photo is no longer around.  Life is so incredibly short.

IMG_3935When my mother passed away, I felt drawn to photos that I have of her life.  When I posted some photos of my mom on social media, I received hundreds of condolences.  One friend wrote: “Condolences and the comfort of Jesus as you mourn her transition into a better place. May his peace be with you and your family in these days and weeks.” Another person wrote: “You and your family continue to be very much in my thoughts and prayers. May the Lord surround you and your family with his love.”  Yet another said on Facebook: “I’m sorry for your loss. Lorna was a wonderful woman with a beautiful soul and a gentle spirit. She will be missed. My prayers and sympathy are with you and your family.”

 I miss my mother deeply.  She was and still is an amazing lady.  Over the past twenty-nine years, I wrote many Deep Cove Crier Mother’s Day articles about my dear mom.  I am grateful that Mom has gone to heaven to be with Jesus.  My mother had a deep faith and was ready to go at almost 90 years old.  We all have different ways of grieving.  Some people shed many tears.  I tend to be more private in that area.  I grieve through song, photos, and words.  Many people have given me hugs in the past few weeks, letting me know that they care.  People who have already lost loved ones tend to be the most in touch with the reality of grieving.

At Mom’s funeral/celebration of life, like with many IMG_3845.JPGfamilies, we had a slideshow of my mom’s life.  It can be one of the most touching times of these services.  A picture is indeed worth a thousand words.  Jesus said: ‘Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.’  Perhaps you might take time this July to review photos on your computer and albums, giving thanks for loved ones who have gone before you.

Rev. Dr. Ed Hird, BSW, MDiv, DMin

-an article for the July 2017 Deep Cove Crier/North Shore News

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12bdf6ff-3021-4e73-bccd-bc919398d1a0-7068-0000031133e7b4d9Sandy Brown and her family have just moved to Spokane, Washington where her husband, Scott, is pastoring a new church. With a fresh start, Sandy is determined to devote more time to her four children. But, within weeks of settling in their new life, the Brown family is plunged into turmoil.

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Indigo also offers the paperback and the Kobo ebook version.  You can also obtain it through ITunes as an IBook.

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