Sunday, February 24, 2013

Our sure and certain hope

February 24, 2013

Dear friends,

My sister has finished her earthly journey. Death came in the evening, February 16, as she lay sleeping, her family gathered around her.

Thank you for your concern and support during this long goodbye. I am sad and incredibly weary. But this is a time of hope as well.

John Donne, one time Dean of St. Paul's, wrote:

Death be not proud, though some have called thee

Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;

For those who thou think’st thou dost overthrow

Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.

From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be,

Much pleasure—then, from thee much more must flow;

And soonest our best men with thee do go,

Rest of their bones and soul’s delivery.

Thou’rt slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men

And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell,

And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well,

And better than thy stroke. Why swell’st thou then?

One short sleep past, we wake eternally,

And death shall be no more. Death, thou shalt die.

Resting, as God’s post-Easter people do, in “the sure and certain hope of the resurrection of the dead.”

Next week’s story is tentatively titled, “You’re a good man, Charley Brown.” See you then.



  1. Dearest Gay, I love you to life! I am sorry for your loss of Beth. I am also sad that you have had to suffer too with her. I know that it takes a toll. I guess this is real life as we walk thru with our loved ones this path. I am glad to see and hear of your friends who love and care for you. Living alone and ageing. I feel as if I am in classroom like some 34 years ago when I started Rockmont. This blog has been wonderful to follow, I have continued to learn from you. The "Pathways" book contines with you as the author, not Gail Sheehey! I remember when you turned 50 years old! You declared a new start in this decade of your life. I am smiling and crying now. You have been such a great teacher and a hero to many of us. I too have buried a sister Kathi, my achilles tendon sister that I spoke with you so many times. The range of emotions with sibling loss is quite large, and deeper with 7 sibs aging now.
    Thank you for bearing your heart, sorrow, laughter and wonderful storys with great humor.
    I look forward to Sunday nites post!
    With deepest care and love to you Dear Dr. Hubbard!
    Diane Johnson Nevins "DJ"

  2. Gay, I am so glad you felt up to writing this week. It has been a long, slow, hard part of your journey. My heart hurts for you.