Hans Christian Anderson said, “A human life is a story told by God.” That saying comes to my mind today as my day comes to a close. Today I have helped to make ready to take time to reflect on the story of Jim Cornett. Jim was known to many in the Windsor Community as a storyteller himself. Jim shared many stories as a writer for Windsor Star. He is father to Jane Cornett who is Director of Youth Ministry at St. Mark’s by-the-Lake. Jane and her brother’s Tim and David and their families and their Mom Hettie have all been doing the hard work of getting set for a funeral. They remain in my prayers at this most difficult time. (I just wrote on December 23 about the harsh reality of grieving through the holidays and now we are in the midst of it again. Please pray for this family over the days and weeks ahead)
In each human life there is a piece of God’s love unfurled. Each person is indeed a story. In the next two days I know I will come to know more of the story that God told in Jim Cornett. I have only known Jim for a short time. That said, Jim had Alzheimer’s disease and much of his own story Jim had forgotten. So I had not the opportunity to experience the fullness of Jim’s story in his telling. But the beauty of a story is that it is shared by many. The wonder of the story that God’s tells in our lives, is that the story is different depending on who the storyteller is. At a time like this I do love hearing people recount the story of a human life. I love it because it is an important part of God’s story. I know that in the next two days I will come to know a little more of God’s story and the role that Jim Cornett played in it. If you know Jane or her family you may wish to also come to hear party of that story… or perhaps to tell some of that story. Jim will be waked at the Marcotte Funeral Home and Chapel in Tecumseh from 2-5 PM and 7-9 PM on Thursday December 28, 2006. And again from 10 AM till the time of the Funeral Requiem at St. Mark’s by-the-Lake at 11:00 AM. Please join on the story! Nothing will take away the pain of a family in grief. Yet, we all want to be able to do something for those who grieve. Edmund Burke insists that, “The true way to mourn the dead is to take care of the living who belong to them.” And I say that the best thing we can do to take care of the grieving is to be present for them.
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The Attached Photos were taken on Christmas Day and were provided by Jane Cornett.