… leaving behind… what?

Recently, as I ran to catch up with Tom walking with Evelyn Jane and Isaac in the park, this scene stopped me. I was suspended ‘somewhere in time’. Memories flashed  around me. Pictures from the rear-view are a favorite of mine and always allow a vision of those who have gone before… lining the path ahead.

The words to “Find us Faithful” exploded over me. I remember Tom sang this song during our commissioning service when we left for Europe in 2000. “May those who come behind us find us faithful….”

What did these words  mean then when we left our children, family and friends twenty years ago?  What were we leaving behind?  And what would they remember during our ten years away?

What do they mean now for our grandchildren and our five greats– Evelyn Jane, Isaac, Eli, Natalie and Malachi—will they find us faithful—–to what and to whom?

The path looked a bit mysterious; Evelyn Jane and Isaac weren’t quite sure they wanted to keep going. “But it’s dark on this road,” Evelyn whispered as I caught up. As long as we were holding hands, they kept walking.

“May those who come behind us find us faithful”

I can admit I, too, am a bit afraid of the dark ahead.   Even David said, in Psalm 142, “When my spirit grows faint within me, it is You who know my way. In the path where I walk, men have hidden a snare for me.” v3.”  He was in a cave, hiding, and he was afraid.  I can’t always see what’s behind the trees or around the curves, but I am trying to stand faithfully.

“… continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:7,8

We’re pilgrims on the journey
Of the narrow road
And those who’ve gone before us line the way
Cheering on the faithful, encouraging the weary
Their lives a stirring testament to God’s sustaining grace

I see Tom’s mother waving excitedly as we approach, Mary Jane Lee from Kingsport, Tennessee, smiles her sweet smile, Dr. W.F. Hall– our Bible teacher at Chilhowee gives us a thumbs up as we pass. Oh, there’s Debbie Klementz from Vienna, Austria—many others who have finished the journey–and NOW encouraging us all to stand faithfully.

After all our hopes and dreams have come and gone
And our children sift through all we’ve left behind

May the clues that they discover and the memories they uncover
become the light that leads them to the road we each must find

This week we have cleaned out the garage, reorganizing things and stuff…. and memories.  What will these containers reveal one day when we are gone? When the girls open a box of mementos, what will they remember about their parents? I opened a box of rocks… yes, rocks picked up along  the beaches of the countries we visited.  The kids will have no idea how we laughed over finding them. Hopefully, they will remember our lives stood firm on the ROCK…  the only Rock that matters.  Will our books, journals, pictures “lead them to the road that we each must find?


Surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses
Let us run the race not only for the prize
But as those who’ve gone before us
Let us leave to those behind us
The heritage of faithfulness passed on through godly lives

Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful
May the fire of our devotion light their way
May the footprints that we leave
Lead them to believe
And the lives we live inspire them to obey

Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful

walking… one day at a time… trusting.

About oct17

The little girl in me loves bird watching, butterflies, sunrises, sunsets, walks in the rain; the adult I am enjoys the same. I sense God's awesomeness in all of life--what wonder there is in slicing a leek or cutting open a pomegranate. I have many favorite things--a formation of Canadian geese flying overhead, the giggles of my grand daughters, the first ripe watermelon in summer, snowflakes on my face--these gifts from my heavenly Father delight me continually.
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5 Responses to … leaving behind… what?

  1. Roxie Bogart says:

    Thank you, Barb! I absolutely love that song; it is my prayer daily. Am thoroughly enjoying Whispers on the Journey. Learning to be more attuned to using my ABCs. Looking forward to your next book. I have a cousin I believe God will use it to start healing. (Is that grammatically correct?)

    Roxie Bogart

    Sent from my iPhone



  2. Jan Mirty says:

    Barb, I am in tears. When I think of you and Tom, I see and will remember to of the most Faithful people I have ever known. Jesus has Blessed my life “beyond measure” with your love and friendships. After all, no other human being has saved my life (except the surgeons). But God knows I would not be al8ve 8f it were not for you. You have helped me through my journey, as no one else has, since 2002 following that terrible accident. God used you to pray for me, pray with me, and be there for me ehen few others were. He has a very special place ready for you! Just hope I don’t have to be your cleaning lady, because no one else ckeans like you! Your children and grandchikdren will l9ve you and Renner you as all your friends will, too! Love you both more! I treasure you both! ❤👃❤ please keep writing! Your writings are Blessing many, especially me.


  3. Glenda says:

    I also hope that my kids, grandkids and even my great grandchild one day finds that my faithfulness for my Lord and Savior and prayers for them will not have been in vain and will point them to Jesus . The junk we leave behind want mean much but hopefully the love for them and the memories will be everlasting and sure.


  4. Vinette says:

    Dear Barb,
    So much to contemplate each time…..like a rose plant laden with scented roses, so it is in reading this reflection…so rich in meaning…Also googled the words of ‘Find us Faithful’ .. thank you for the reminder of just how important one’s legacy is to those we leave behind….thank you….. simply amazed. 🌷

    …..looking forward to reading your new publication. 🌷☀️


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