No conversation with God is inappropriate. Wail. Weep. And rest finally in your Father’s arms. Thank you and the Henricks family for sharing this journey of life and faith with us. We pray now in a new way. R.
I sent this to Karen this morning. I am one of Connies in laws. She will be missed.
Aboard Navy ships, bells are struck to designate the hours of being on watch. Each watch is four hours in length. One bell is struck after the first half-hour has passed, two bells after one hour has passed, three bells after an hour and a half, four bells after two hours, and so forth up to eight bells are struck at the completion of the four hours. Completing a watch with no incidents to report was “Eight bells and all is well.”
The practice of using bells stems from the days of the sailing ships. Sailors couldn’t afford to have their own time pieces and relied on the ship’s bells to tell time. The ship’s boy kept time by using a half-hour glass. Each time the sand ran out, he would turn the glass over and ring the appropriate number of bells.
When a sailor passes the common thing to say is eight bells. You have done your watch properly and well.
I discovered your blog when I did a Google for Connie’s name. I am deeply sorry for the loss; she has touched so many lives with her love and grace. Her life overflowed with the presence of the Lord.
I was poking around to see a little about you and found your book “After the Flag Has Been Folded”. I’ve not heard of it before, but it struck a resonant chord in my heart. My family has suffered many losses over the years, and I will look into getting a copy of your book for some of them. Two dear cousins were killed in Vietnam, and my beautiful brother was killed in the line of duty as a law enforcement officer. There aren’t many people who really understand what it’s like to experience this.
Though heaven is a hard concept to grasp, I am convinced it will be the sweetest of all places to live…Connie is there now, resting in Jesus’ arms. I’m glad, though I will stay on my knees praying for her family.