I was out on my porch today for a "breather" after a hectic two weeks. I know you know what I mean. Summer time means family fun, running back and forth to the local amusement park, the pool, the beach and cheer leading practices for our family. It also means cook outs, family reunions, long days outside enjoying the sunshine and all the Lehigh Valley area has to offer.Sometimes, I get so caught up in the daily activities of the day, I forget to thank the awesome God who has provided so much for my family and I. So, as I stood watching over the grill making chicken for dinner on our covered porch, my thoughts went to the unexpected place of an old friend who left this world far too early in my estimation. I think he has been in heaven for about 10 years now. When he passed we were stunned because he had it "all together" and God was using him mightily for the kingdom. Yet, there was a struggle going on and the closest to him among us did not have a clue. I'll never forget the day Sam and I received the phone call that our dear friend and brother had gone on to be with the Lord. It was about 8:00 a.m. on a Sunday morning. We decided to go to church. While we were there, the Lord touched each of us in such a profound way that the news of our loss did not soak in. Instead of grieving, we spent the next two hours dancing, praising and worshiping the Lord. It was not until the days after we felt an incredible loss. And, we grieved. Today, I have a blue stenciled crock pot sitting on the table on our porch overflowing with bright pink pansies.The crock was given to me by our friend's wife. This symbol reminds me that life goes on, even under the most dire circumstances like the loss of a loved one. Our initial response of clapping, dancing and praising God might seem unnatural to some, but, to me, it was just a clear indication of our dancing with the angels as our dear friend entered paradise. What a privilege it is to be part of the forever family of God! Though we may have sorrow for the night, joy always comes in the morning.