Today ...

Today began with a beautiful sunny and frosty morning.

I had to head over to town, so I took a couple of photos while I was there... just because that's what bloggers do, isn't it?

Lews Castle, and...

the harbour.

In all the beauty of the day, my heart was heavy. Today in Ness, the funeral of a 16 year old boy was taking place here.

 After the church service, the cars all passed our house on their way to the cemetery. Over a hundred cars went in past us. It was a beautiful late afternoon, but for those who were mourning the loss of their son, their brother, their grandson, their friend, I doubt they saw much beauty around them.

My heart is so heavy tonight. I weep for the boy. On a human level, I weep for his mother... I keep wondering, How? How does a mother lay her son's body in a grave? Oh, the pain of letting him go. 

Teach us, Lord to number our days.

This was posted to my Facebook wall today:

What a blessing death is to those for whom it is but the opening of the gate into the presence of our Saviour. But, oh, what a dread, if we have lived our lives without Christ, and are being ushered into a Christless eternity.

"Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near." 


  1. So sobering...praying that the LOrd will somehow speak to those that were there. x

  2. your photos are beautiful. and, yes, to lose someone so young is unimaginable.

  3. Love the pictures of town. And the procession on the road...the saddest.

  4. It is so sad Anne. A friend of our family lost their 11 year old son last Fall. It was a very tragic situation and even now it is difficult to believe and difficult to think about. So sorry for this boy's family. My heart goes out to families who loose children so young in life.
    Love and Blessings,

  5. The first three photos are stunning... simply gorgeous. The next one is so very sad. I pray the boy knew the Lord and is rejoicing in Heaven right now. My heart goes out to all those who are left behind.

  6. My husband has been able to convert many souls while preaching particularly tragic funerals. After the funeral, family members would approach him asking him to teach them more about salvation. At such times, people are in the place you want them, spiritually, and more willing to obey the gospel, as they are more keenly aware of the destiny of the soul.

  7. There is such grief for those of us that are left behind. My heart is heavy for that family...thank you Lord for your amazing grace..

  8. A stunningly beautiful post and an important call to repentance.

    Blessings, Debbie

  9. So well said, my friend, in words and pictures. ((hug))

    Isaiah 55:6-9
    Seek the Lord while He may be found,
    Call upon Him while He is near.
    Let the wicked forsake his way,
    And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
    Let him return to the Lord,
    And He will have mercy on him;
    And to our God,
    For He will abundantly pardon.

    “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
    Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
    “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    So are My ways higher than your ways,
    And My thoughts than your thoughts.

  10. Today is yesterday for you now. Thank you for sharing, the beauty and the reality of life. God is so big, so amazing, so worthy of praise.

  11. Such beautiful..and sobering...pictures all in one post. I cannot imagine!

  12. Your pictures are beautiful, the one with the cars is haunting knowing what they are for. As a mother, I cannot bear to imagine such pain. I pray that as people stop by and read they will be challenged to examine their lives to know if they truly are secure with their salvation. Thank you for your posting.

  13. Wow that is just beautiful, the scenery and the castle. All against the backdrop of loss. It is good to remember our days. I would still not want to be the parents.
    I have a sixteen year old and I always wonder how a person continues on with life, unless you you know the God that is the Creator and He is just.
    My Mom died when she was 30, my grandmother died that day too, Only she said above ground she never was able to cope. I can't imagine the grief. The line of the cars would be so hard to watch as they passed.

  14. All your pictures are amazing. The one with the funeral procession maybe even more so. Such heartache captured in that one picture.


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