He Has No Need for Them

>> Tuesday, May 19, 2015

My husband, John’s, wallet and money from his pants pocket now lay on the kitchen counter where he placed them several weeks ago. His special sunglasses that made him feel so cool as he drove his red Cadillac are close by.

He has no need for them.

Our garage was designed to hold two motorcycles, his car and mine. The motorcycles are no more and the car now sits on a car lot…for sale. Even the handicap placard that allowed him to park closer to buildings has joined the unused symbols of a busy life. 

He has no need for them.

The double towel holder that was installed when we built this house now holds a lonely towel. I will never need two. And he is far too weak to take a shower, so his towel has been washed, dried and folded.

He has no need for it.

His clothes and shoes are just as he left them the last time he wore clothes.

He has no need for them.

John is going on a journey without me. Sometimes his eyes see right through me. Occasionally his comments are not directed to me. Yesterday I heard him talking and hurried to the bedroom.

“What did you say?”

“I wasn’t talking to you.”

Should I have asked with whom he was conversing? An angel perhaps.

Even though I can’t go on this journey with him, we both know Someone who can. We’ve placed our trust in Him.

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me;….” Psalm 23:4 (NASB)


dandelionfleur May 19, 2015 at 1:52 PM  

beautiful, bittersweet, beautiful.

Joy Bach May 19, 2015 at 2:02 PM  

Thanks, Lisa. Love you

Barb Littrell May 19, 2015 at 8:06 PM  

Wow what a positive and beautiful attitude at a time that can be so hard. Knowing our God and placing your hand in His makes all the difference. Love you, Joy.

Tony,  May 19, 2015 at 10:18 PM  

Joy, if there were something we could do, we would... John is on a journey, and we cannot yet go. But we will all be together one day.. one unimaginable day. We don't yet have the means to comprehend John's journey. I've seen this, and it isn't easy, but I can tell you from personal experience that John's presence will never expire... many times, in many ways, and in many places. This is not the end, but an incredible beginning.

I remember a hospital chaplain asking me a few years ago if I was a religious man... I said "No, but I'm VERY spiritual." He had no response beyond turning and leaving the room. I believe we have insight that many do not. We cannot see, but we BELIEVE! And we know that John is blessed beyond that which we currently comprehend.

I love you, Joy... God Bless....

Joy Bach May 20, 2015 at 8:07 AM  

Thanks Chris. Love you too

Joy Bach May 20, 2015 at 8:10 AM  

And Barb, thanks for your comments. Love you.

Joy Bach May 20, 2015 at 8:13 AM  

Tony, I know you know. I watched you take yours. Thanks so much for your beautiful words. And the truth behind them. Love you much.

Rich Korb May 20, 2015 at 8:22 PM  

I am not capable of an accurate response as to how I felt when I read your words. They are beautiful and encouraging. That is my prayer for you and John, that you will be encouaged. Your faith is so strong.


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