I want to start out tonight by saying thank you for the overwhelming support and prayers after Monday’s post.
I was truly so moved by your kindness and genuine compassion, it is a humbling thing. The friendships that I have made through this blog are such a blessing in my life, so thank you for being there for me and this situation.
I’ve been having a lot of deep conversations as a result of everything going on, and the thing that has come up in just about every conversation is that everyone – every single person – has dealt with sorrow. Or grief. Or loss. Everyone. It is an inescapable shadow that touches the lives of every person on this earth, in one form or another.
It is something you’re never prepared for. It’s never at an opportune time. It’s never “light” or “manageable.” It hits like a sack of bricks. And then unearthing yourself from the rubble is no easy feat.
And the thing is, when you’re the loved one of someone going through it, you can’t remove the bricks for them. That unearthing process is a solo activity. It must be done by the person themself. Which, as a loved one, tugs at the heart, because you want nothing more than to rescue that person from underneath such a heavy weight.
I was having a conversation with my mom yesterday. And one thing she mentioned to me was that, no matter what, we feel our time on this earth is never enough. It never is. Losing a person we love, we feel robbed of time we should have had with them in the future. It’s unfair. We feel cheated. Denied of precious time we should be having together.
One thing she reminded me, was that life, in fact, is a gift. And any time at all that we are granted with a person in this life is something to be celebrated. Because it is a gift.
At the end of the day, we are all just passing through this life. This is not our home.
We were not made for earth, but rather for Heaven.
Our earthly bodies: they fail, we feel pain, they are not everlasting…because earth is not our home.
We were created for Heaven. *That* is our true home.
Our home where we will find peace. Where we will be united with Jesus and God. Where there will be no more pain, no more suffering, no more strife.
We will be home.
Our eternal home.
These moments that we have with one another here on this earth, they are beautiful. They are gifts from God, who blesses us with that time, with that joy, with glimpses of Him through that person.
Because isn’t that the truth? Every person reveals a glimpse of the Father. A different aspect of His love for us: be it His playfulness, His compassion, His loyalty, His joviality, His generosity, His love for others, His strength and fortitude.
Each person shows us a glimpse of the Father’s heart. And reveals different characteristics of His love for us.
That doesn’t take away the pain. That doesn’t lessen that feeling of anger or feeling that it’s too soon. But it does allow us to look at the time we do have, as a gift in itself.
And this is the last thing. Speaking of gifts, the paradise we are going to – Heaven – is a gift in itself.
Where we will be reunited with loved ones. Where we will be in a glorified, redeemed state – free from pain and suffering. Where we will be together with our Maker. Together with Jesus, whose light will illuminate Heaven.
That is a gift. And what a time, as now: as we are approaching Easter and Jesus’ Passion and Resurrection, to truly reflect on the price that gift cost.
The price that we need only to look upon the Cross to see.
The priest at daily Mass closed his homily with this little phrase today, that I think fitting to also end my post the same: Thank you, Jesus, for eternal life.
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