paigemwrightToday would be Jeff’s 56th birthday. I don’t post this for condolences but for thankfulness to my Lord who gives and who takes away and to honor Jeff’s memory. While there will always be a hole in my heart left by Jeffery Thomas Mounce’s passing, I am thankful for having had him for the time that was given to us here on this earth. I am thankful for his children who each possess their father’s traits in differing ways. Mostly I am thankful for God’s sovereignty and His love for us even when we don’t deserve it. Sometimes life does not unfold the way we hope but God is always good and holy.. when I picture Jeff in my mind now I can only see peace and comfort in his well being along with some ridiculous laughter I presume… Job 1:21 He said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked I shall return there. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD.”
Many other thoughts have crossed my mind today as well. The first of which was the bird droppings and dirt on the grave marker…proof that life keeps moving on after death. Eighteen years later I am still struck by that fact. I look hard at that dirt as well…Jeff no longer has the dirt of sin to deal with. I wanted to ask him what that is like…the life in heaven without sin? My sin gets in the way every single day and I grow tired of it and myself, thankfully Christ does not tire of it. He expects it seeing as He gave his life for my sin and yours.
The world keeps spinning and things change…we change, technology changes daily it seems now. Jeff was such a tech geek, I often think how blown away he would be with all we have at our fingertips these days. Today Will (a tech geek) came by to look at moving my TV over our fireplace. Just 13 years ago when we bulit this house we had big ole TV’s not the cool ones we have today….and they could not be placed on mantles ha! Will tells me it is doable but thinks I need a new TV since mine is dated…I think it is six years old…and I immediately thought of Jeff. He would have thought it was dated as well haha!
My words are rambling along with my thoughts today. Part of me loves the change of our surroundings and world, the seasons changing, just as our emotions…ever changing. But I love stability more, loved ones by my side, favorite restaurants, the same rhythm weekly, the expected changes not the unexpected…
BUT GOD…thankfully he is never changing
Malachi 3:6 “For I, the LORD, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.”
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.