Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Theme of the Show: Reflections of a Widower
Guest: Josh Kramer
Lead Host: Sharon Simpson

Josh Kramer shares his journey of caring for his wife, Susi as her health declined over the last 25 years of their life together. As her health declined, Susi needed additional support. Josh was able to provide her with care for a significant amount of time. When her care needs increased, they moved to Menno Place ( campus of care in order to provide her with assistance in her daily life activities.

Eventually, Susi needed the support provided in full-time residential care as her mobility declined. Josh was faithful in loving her with tender compassion. Josh reflects on the privilege it was to serve Susi throughout their marriage and the grief he is now experiencing in the months following her passing.

Footprints in the Sand – Susi’s Favorite Poem

One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You’d walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.”

He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.”




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