Friday, December 31, 2010

River Crossed!

Mom, surrounded by her children....
Newly arrived in the celestial city. 
Safe in the arms of Jesus. 
I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.
They will come in and go out, and find pasture.  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
John 10: 9-10
But now, this is what the LORD says -- he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
"Fear not, for I have redeemed you; 
I have summoned you by name;
you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you...."
Isaiah 43

To all who have loved this woman along with us -
our sincere gratitude 
for your faithful friendship and loving care.  
God is very very good.  
(p.s. He was so gentle too!)


  1. Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
    When you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you;
    and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.

    Isaiah 43

  2. Pain and suffering are no more - her soul is at rest. So thankful that you were able to be with your Mom as she met her Savior. Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with you as you lay your mom to rest.
    "For none of us lives to himself alone, and none of us dies to himself alone. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord" Romans 14:7,8

  3. Thank-you Lilly .... you manage to dig up the absolute most perfectly applicable scripture to share once again. I hope you do not mind that I've edited my post to share it with everyone else too!
    Thank-you sweet Susie! Perhaps you know personally as well, the remarkable privilege of kissing someone goodbye, waving them on from the riverbank?
    Your thoughts and prayers are sincerely appreciated.

  4. I have had the privilege of participating in that river crossing with my own mom as well. Thank you for sharing the scriptures and beautiful sentiments. May God continue to bring you strength and peace and yes, even joy as a family.
    With sincere care,
    Lynn Groen

  5. When I read your passages I begin to wonder how we can even mourn for those who have passed however human nature persists and the love we feel for them overcomes. It is our loss that we mourn not their gain. Praise the Lord for providing us this comfort. I will be praying for you as you celebrate her life with family and friends. With love, Yolanda

  6. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Joanne, Barry and family! May our Lord and father carry you through the next days, granting you His peace and comfort!
    In Christian love: Ben&Anita

  7. "...for the LORD has heard my weeping. he LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer." Psalm 6: 8, 9

    We weep not for your Mother, she has been promoted from her suffering to everlasting peace and joy. But we weep for those of you left behind, as you go on without her. May the same Lord who heard your prayers and healed your Mother comfort you and your family with His Spirit. May He surround you with His loving arms as you continue here in this vale of tears.

    Thank you for sharing your experiences. It was an honour to "know" your Mother. <>

  8. Dear Joanne, Barry, Amy, Sarah, Mark, Joel and Catherine and families,

    We rejoice with you that you Mom has been promoted to Glory! We pray that our heavenly Father will surround you with his loving care as you come to accept life on earth without her.

    Andrew and Marie

  9. Safe in the arms of Jesus - that says it all. Our condolences-- our prayers are with you all.
    Cora and Andy

  10. Mrs. Ina one of the Vanderlaans who grew up at 711 Robson Road, she was very much part of our lives...particularly as a close friend of our Mom (Siny). The times she took Mom grocery shopping, the two of them sitting and chatting over a cup of coffee, the many concerts and other functions they attended together are too numerous to count! It's hard to grasp her passing...all of my siblings and I have lumps in our throat I'm sure...and yet we grieve not without hope! God has given His Word in which so many, many words are our anchor in times of sorrow.

    To Mrs. Vanderkruk's children, grandchildren, greatgrandchildren, may you find comfort with Paul's words from Romans 8:38-39
    "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

    On behalf of the Vanderlaan family,
    Duane Vanderlaan

  11. Betty Sussan Boone
    My condolences Barry and Joanne, she is in no more pain, no more suffering.
    December 31, 2010 at 1:52am · Like

    Angie Vis
    My condolences Joanne & Barry!
    December 31, 2010 at 7:53am · Like

    Jill Jelsma
    Our sincere condolences to you all. God is good and merciful.
    December 31, 2010 at 8:11am · Like

    Sue Jagt
    Praying for comfort in God's sure promises as you enter 2011 without your dear mother.
    December 31, 2010 at 8:32am · Like

    Arlene Medemblik
    My Sincere condolences to you and your family. May God continue to comfort you in the year ahead....
    December 31, 2010 at 9:22am · Like

    Diane Bosscher
    We are praying for you and your family. May God wrap His arms around you and carry you through this difficult time.
    December 31, 2010 at 9:33am · Like

    Sonja Heeringa
    our condolences, we are praying....
    December 31, 2010 at 10:38am · Like

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    December 31, 2010 at 11:20am · Like

    Yvonne Spanninga
    Praying for you and your family.
    December 31, 2010 at 12:06pm · Like

    Henriette VanHof
    The race completed, the prize received! May the Lord give you all strength in the next few days as you mourn with your family and loved ones.
    December 31, 2010 at 1:49pm · Like · 1 person

    Marike Scholtens Torenvliet
    Our condolences! We pray God will give you the stength for the next days and months to mourn your mother and grandmother together with your family.
    December 31, 2010 at 2:07pm · Like

    Sheila Kamstra
    She lives eternally with her Redeemer and you will see her again when she returns with Him! Job 19:25 Praying for His return!
    December 31, 2010 at 4:12pm · Like

    Tammy Krikke
    Deepest condolences to you and Barry and all your family. We only see in the mirror dimly but now she sees face to face! Prayers for strength and comfort are offered up by John and I and our family. love and hugs
    December 31, 2010 at 4:46pm · Like

    Trix Aasman
    We feel your pain Joanne. We also share in the joy of the promises of our Lord and Saviour. Overwhelming. Praying for you and your family.
    December 31, 2010 at 7:02pm · Like


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