I’ve had a lot to grieve lately, but also much to celebrate. After the death of my beloved, I have no regrets and no words unsaid, only dreams we hoped to live. We lived as I must continue to live the life I still have, not just because Rick would want it that way, but because God has given me a life to live, and Rick was part of that life– the most wonderful part of it! Meeting my Creator (no, I’m not going to preach) I must remember that the life I now have is because His Son chose to offer me life and the opportunity to know my Creator as He wanted me to know him. He continues to reveal Himself to me in so many ways. I will post on some of those ways soon.
In life, today, we have many ways of meeting people online based on what we have in common or what we don’t have in common, and sometimes when we are just surfing the web looking for something interesting, but we end up meeting others enduring the same trials or celebrating the same significant events in life. I have been privileged to meet many online in the last few weeks that have inspired, touched, and encouraged me to continue to be strong. Yesterday, I talked with my best friend and realized just how hard I’ve been on myself the last 7 weeks since Rick’s death. I wasn’t giving myself time to heal, to grieve, to celebrate the love he gave me.
So today, I give you a quote I found on one of those inspirational quote sites,
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.Rather we should thank God that such men lived.“
-George S. Patton, Jr.
I thank God every time I remember this beloved, special, loving man in my life. This kind of person doesn’t come along often in life. He knew his purpose, he fulfilled it joyfully and he left when it was completed. Now, it is up to me to demonstrate how this beloved’s life made a difference in the world, if only for me. I am left here to finish my own tasks with the same attitude and run the race set before me, knowing those who have run the race before me stand as witnesses, encouraging me that I can do it; I can make a difference because I was created to do so.
I will not grieve as those who have no hope but live knowing he will rise again, and I will join him once again. Until then, I live as an example of a woman who was loved, cherished, and perfected by one who laid down his life daily because he loved me as did the One who laid down His life without being asked, without expecting recognition but hoping to give something enduring in a world that seems so ready to dispose of that which is not like itself. So today remember someone, even if they are departed, that made a difference in your life and let me hear from you. Witness of their love, spirit, and heart to others and hold on to a part of them and thereby make a difference in someone’s life.
Life is precious and temporary here, but love is enduring and always abiding in the hearts of those who make it important and love abides because we love one another.
And because we love, our God, who is love…..