‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.'
I just learned from Jane R. (and Ed) that JohnieB's mother Pearl has died in Arkansas. JohnieB is a gracious visitor of our blogs and has commented here several times. We hold our cyberfriend and his family in prayer as he journeys to Arkansas.
May Christ give you rest in the land of the living and open for you the gates of paradise, may he receive you as a citizen of the Kingdom, and grant you forgiveness of your sins: for you were his friend.
--Orthodox Funeral Rite