My Grand Lindz and Great niece Bailey
In my mind today I'm peaceful. I have lived through another Lent and have been given assurance of more than an earthly life. Easter is to be celebrated not once a year but every single day. I just completed a very hectic Holy Week. I, too, need a respite or rest.
The things that wear me out or make me so weak are also life giving. I was blessed that our Grands came for a two day visit as well as family and friends. They arrived in waves to fill our house, yard, and hearts with love and gratitude. Each and every person brought something life giving to our home. Love. It may have been in labor, food, simply a hug, or empty handed, but the love was apparent and abundant.
As I spent precious hours with my youngest granddaughter and great niece, I had a reckoning of how love is eternal. The two girls along with many beloved children took me aka Grammy on adventures in her yard and neighborhood. We were loyally accompanied by my elderly fur-babies. We experienced all stages of life: a newly hatched turtle from my flower beds, a procession to the small creek to free it, finding frog eggs and newly developed frogs, finding a baby turtle that perished on its route to the pond, and a funeral to follow. Not to be out done, my hounds delivered an adult turtle shell that told of a life well-lived. We witnessed the circle of life: birth, adulthood, and death.
Watching them scour the pond for miniature frogs, I was catapulted back in time. Our own son had these same beautiful adventures many moons ago with my niece and childhood friends. I remembered the days of them building clubs in the woods, shrubs, and garden beds, finding creatures, and coming in at dusk wearing an armor of dust and mud. It was here I felt my heart twinge. That love I had for him was so alive bubbling over in his daughter and my great niece. It soothed my soul because that love had not dissipated; it was growing still. Where can we meet and see our loved ones who have gone before us? We all miss them terribly. When they leave, our minds, hearts, and souls yearn for that reunion. Take heart. They are so very close. Many times you are too busy and miss them. I found Nick again and embraced him. Where? He was in the dust on the ground, the pond muck, the joy of his child, and in the mischief of children and their play. I'm so thankful for these times. The times of reckoning are riveting but so endearing.
When we think of those who aren't given a lengthy Earth life, it fill us with sorrow, pain, regrets, and confusion. I'm sorry I don't have an answer. It is one of life's greatest mysteries why some get 100 years and others so much less earth time. I do know they are not far from us. You know the saying, "Only the good die young." It does seem to have an air of truth. I've seen many students, friends, family, and one of our own die young. That hole will remain but love can be such a mending agent. I admit, it takes time.
Will that scar ever totally heal for those left behind? Probably not but you will feel them. Where? In those things they loved and cherished here on earth. You will have those moments that I've had. You may see it in their pets, a cheering squad, a song, rambunctious kids on atvs, a quiet pond, flowers, or a serene sunrise. You just have to open not only your eyes and ears but also your hearts. That's right. Listen with your heart.
More than two thousand years ago, a man was jilted of his earthly life at the age of 33 years. He breathed his last earthly breath like our loved ones. Then, His spirit soared. Did he leave us? No. Never. He is with us now more than ever and so are your loved ones. Rest assured. Tune your hearts to the love they created while they were here with their earthly presence. They are in the eyes of those who cherished them and they are even in you. Let us celebrate Easter together today and everyday until it's our time to soar.
Sarah Anderson Alley
Quotes of the Day:
"The ones that love us never really leave us."
Sirius Black from Harry Potter
1 A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth.
2 Corinthians 5:8
8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
Dedicated to all those whom we love and are forever young.