But I also had difficulty completing the newsletter before falling ill. Looking across our sanctuary on Sunday mornings I’ve seen the pews emptying. Some families are busy with activities. Some church family members have been ill and unable to attend. Others travel.
Just two weeks ago, one spot in our pews became forever empty. June York passed away on October 22; she was 94. As I filled out the November calendar, for the first time I didn’t include her birthday – which would have been on November 18. Our church is blessed by the continuing presence of her family – four generations are part of our history. June brought her husband, Bill, then her children, Bill Jr., Sally, and Betty. Betty and her daughters and granddaughter, Kim and Kelly and Demri, and Sally’s daughter, Shelli, are still here. And Shelli’s family, her husband Paul and their children, Scott, Kyle, Taylor and Libby, are still here. It was always a joy to see their extensive family attending church together. Together they fill well more than one pew, and, thus, June’s legacy of faith continues with us. I look forward to a fifth generation coming through our doors. But, for now, we grieve with her family, for her passing leaves a void that will not be filled.
As much as empty pews, there are other voids in our church life. Some created by the loss of those we care for, as well as by the passage of time. It is all this that can make writing the church news difficult.
Now, l say my prayers, asking for solace and comfort for June York’s family and friends, asking for time for them to grieve, to share, and to feel the love of our church and God embrace them at this time.