The Goldsmith And My Sister

Before molding his precious metal, the goldsmith must first melt it down until the material becomes ideal to work with. The gold reaches that point only when the goldsmith is finally able to see his reflection staring back at him each and every time he casts his patient gaze upon it. When this occurs, he’ll take possession of the metal, then carefully create the form in which it will forever remain.

It appears as if the Goldsmith is satisfied, indeed, with my sister. I have no doubt that He’s able to see the reflection of His likeness whenever He looks deep within her soul. As such, He’ll finally turn down the heat. Throughout the years, however, He has melted her time and time again, but Holliday never complained. She simply endured, and as she did, all who witnessed were warmed by the glow of her bravery and determination.

Though her legacy is only beginning, her life will soon be ending. And while none of us are ready to say goodbye, particularly her husband and teenage daughter, we’re left with no choice, as the Goldsmith appears certain that it’s just the right time to take possession of her and create an eternal masterpiece.

To our mortal eyes, He already has.

It is with unspeakable sadness that I ask you to hold my sister and her nuclear family close in both thought and prayer during what looks to be the final days of her life.

Within the melancholy exists miraculous beauty.


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  • Addie

    I am so sorry to hear this news. I wish you and your family strength, resilience and some measure of peace in what I am sure will be difficult days ahead.

  • The JackB

    Very sorry to hear this. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Linda

    I’m so sorry to hear this. May her final days be filled with peace and comfort…and for her family too.

  • Anonymous

    I am so sorry this this difficult time you and your family are going through. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. :)

  • kim


    Here I was, writing you flippant and funny responses, when you were facing this.

    I’m crying now. Asking for you and all your family to be carried.

    Awed by the mystery. And thankful for your beautiful perception and description of what’s happening.

    Praying especially that her husband and daughter will be given grace.

    And, I know this is an outlandish request, but I am praying that there will even be some kind of joy in the journey from this world to the one where there is no night, no pain, no tears.

  • Keith Wilcox

    John, I’m so for what your family is going through now. Of course nothing anybody here says is going to take away the pain of this road you’ve been on, but I’m sure everybody reading your thoughts feels similarly saddened. Yes, you, Holiday, and the rest of your family are definitely in my thoughts.

  • PJ Mullen

    JCO, I’m terribly sorry that your sister has taken a turn for the worse. All our thoughts and prayers to you, your family and your sister as she completes her journey home. Godspeed.

  • mindy

    I am so sorry.

  • Laura

    I am thinking about you and your family, dear friend.

  • Anonymous

    I am keeping her family and yours in our thoughts and prayers!

  • Jason Avant

    Dammit. Not fair. You and your family are in my thoughts tonight, brother.

  • TwoBusy

    Aw, man.

    So sorry. For all parties.

  • Chris Singer

    Sorry to hear this my friend. You’re all in our thoughts tonight.

  • Cheryl

    All of you are in my thoughts.

  • Chris Buckley

    Oh John, what tragic news. I’m so sorry for your loss. Blessings on her, and all of you whom she leaves behind.

  • Weasel Momma

    You and your entire family have my prayers. I’m sorry that you all are enduring this struggle. I pray that her last days are spent in comfort and peace with family and friends. If there is anything that I can do for you, including just listening, say the word.

  • Juli Westgate

    Your entire family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Through your writing I can see what an amazing gift your Sister IS and always will be to her family. May her journey from this life to the next be peaceful.

  • Jim Turner

    I am sorry to hear your sister is not well John. She is in the garden. My prayers will be with her family.

    • Anonymous

      the Goldsmith. right, jim?

  • Anonymous

    John, Our love and Prayers go out to you, your sister, and her family.

  • Mandy

    So much thoughts, love and prayers for Holliday, John. We are thinking about you in this incredibly sad and difficult time. <3

  • Opus

    Keeping y’all in my thoughts.

  • 37paddington

    Ah, John, this is so very beautiful. Such a tribute to your sister. Sending prayers and love.

  • Tara R.

    Keeping her and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Kellen

    May God wrap your sister and all who love her in His arms, granting each one comfort and peace. Your words and feelings are beautiful.

  • Patrick (yeah, that one)

    Always touching people with your words. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Muskrat

    Sorry this looks to be the end. When I get old and sick, I want you to write about me, ok?

  • Whit

    Your sister and your entire family are in my thoughts, John.

  • Ramseyse

    Your words are beautiful. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  • SeattleDad

    So glad to know you have had this extra time with her John. Thinking of you all.

  • IrrationalDad

    You and your family will be in my thoughts. I’m terribly sorry for the pain you are all feeling.

  • Anonymous

    Keeping your entire family in my thoughts. :(

  • http://LifeofaNewDad otter321

    Prayers for your entire family. From your descriptions I am certain that the goldsmith can see his likeness in your sister too. I am so sorry.

  • Wendy

    Thinking of you from San Francisco.

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