My friend Brenda Sederberg passed away this week. She and her family have been on my mind. I know it was a blessing and I feel joy that she is now released from being bed ridden with MS. But it is also a bittersweet time with all who love and miss her, most especially her kids and husband Tom.
Her funeral was perfect and uplifting and I walked away with wanting to do better in the important things. I thought her son Matt did such a good job as he talked about their family life and what he has learned from his Mom, living these past 17 years with MS in their home. President Brady's talk with the Beatitudes was wonderful. This family allowed themselves to be molded by God in such a loving and graceful way as they served one another. I will miss the most, seeing Tom's love for Brenda as he took her for evening wheelchair walks in the neighborhood. They were always a reminder of their deep love for each other.
The women who helped Brenda through the years sang the Hymn 'Each Life That Touches Ours For Good'. I have loved being able to serve Brenda these past years. I know the Lord opens up time for us to serve one another. I know we were a blessing in their lives, but those us who were able to help her were far more blessed in return. My Tuesdays with Brenda are gone, though my phone alarm still goes off as a reminder of the times I need to be there. I like that. To honor Brenda, I will look for others to serve.
I was able to help with the luncheon at church after the funeral and loved being with my church family friends. We all love Brenda and we love our Heavenly Father.
Jeanne, Connie, Donnell, Brenda, Jan, Laura Lee
My favorite picture of their family all together, when she had
just learned she had MS
Her family now...
Laura, Christa, Virginia, Sandra Kathy Jo, Terry, Jeanne, Rosemary, Laura Lee,
Julie and Laura Lee
Each Life That Touches Ours For Good
1. Each life that touches ours for good
Reflects thine own great mercy, Lord;
Thou sendest blessings from above
Thru words and deeds of those who love.
2. What greater gift dost thou bestow,
What greater goodness can we know
Than Christlike friends, whose gentle ways
Strengthen our faith, enrich our days.
3. When such a friend from us departs,
We hold forever in our hearts
A sweet and hallowed memory,
Bringing us nearer, Lord, to thee.
4. For worthy friends whose lives proclaim
Devotion to the Savior’s name,
Who bless our days with peace and love,
We praise thy goodness, Lord, above.