Grieving

Sometimes, grief catches us by surprise.  It’s been over twelve years now since my father passed away.  Recently I stopped by a media business to have my wedding VHS recording transferred to DVD.  Not only did my father give me away in marriage, he also made the wedding video for us.  He thoroughly enjoyed technology and worked on video projects.  As I entered the business it reminded me of my dad, and the urge to weep came over me.  Early on, this was a common part of the grieving process.  Over time it became less strong and less often, and I could speak of my dad with peace.  But once in a while it still catches me by surprise!  

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Sunlight & Clouds

I have been noticing the clouds, and how they reflect the light of the sun.  We use sunny days and blue skies as an analogy for happiness.  But, it is when the sunlight catches the clouds that we can actually see the play of its brightness.  It is clouds that make for gorgeous sunrises and sunsets.  Yet, cloudy days are an analogy for sadness.IMG_20170908_080232336

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Jesus meets us in reality

It’s one of the moments I remember so clearly.  I was driving in the car with a dear friend a few months after my father passed away.  I had helped my mom sort through his office, deleted his cell number, wept when a military convoy drove by (he was career military), and had been processing “goodbyes” in countless other ways.

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