Today, the day of David's funeral has been harrowing but also quite extraordinary...
People arrived from far afield, some arrived, attended the service and drove back up country straight away. Many were old friends of us both , a lot were from my old parish, it was an amazing day.
One man had come because he read my blog! Some people, friends of David told afterwards the stories of his rowing days as well as his time building large structures and roads...
My colleague made the service beautiful, the organist played exactly as David had asked him too at a previous funeral..
The local Catholic priest arrived at my home between the two services, an old friend was making a pastoral visit!
It was an extraordinary day in every way and then right at the end, sitting with a devout member of the congregation, I told her that I was very cross with God.
She looked at me closely..."God has paid you a massive compliment" she said "He only ever gives us what we can withstand. ...in giving you this death after losing your children he has told you that He knows you can cope"
It's a point of view which helps just a little...but Lord , no more please, no more"