The challenge this week is remembering to make a joyful noise for the blessings God provides. After 4 months, I have a job. It is only part time, but it is working with the County Recorder’s office. This is a “foot in the door” type of opportunity. Hopefully there will be a full time opportunity in the future. The full time benefits of this kind of job are a dream; especially after the last dismal job that I had.
February 19 was the third anniversary of Uncle Allen’s passing. He was my mother’s brother and a fabulous Uncle. He had a big booming voice that was filled with laughter and joy. When Uncle Allen gave you a hug it wasn’t some frumpy embrace – he gave 200% of himself to you in that instant. Covered you with love, adoration, and security.
Today, February 21 is the second anniversary of my Dad’s death. he meant the world to me. Everyone always says it gets easier with time. I don’t know about that. I still miss him, but maybe it isn’t every minute of the day like it was originally. The ache of missing him doesn’t feel quite as unending as it did. February 25 would have been Dad’s 75th birthday – he would have “catch up” with Mom until her birthday in August. The funny thing was, as soon as he had his birthday – he automatically started adding that extra year to Mom’s age. Now she celebrates a “half-birthday” February 25th while she’s with her Florida friends in honor of Dad.
February 20 would have been my cousin Bronson’s birthday. He passed away October 31, 2012. So many loved ones celebrating their heavenly anniversaries this week. I read a comment that really struck home for me this week,
If we could take a quick trip to heaven even just once a year and catch up with our loved ones, there would be no pain for those of us left behind. But, once they are gone, that is it until we join them. This is the pain, knowing that while you are here on earth you will never have them back. Of course, for me and many Christians, knowing our loved ones are removed from the agony of this human life and awaiting us in heaven is reassuring and provides the joy to get us through the loss. That is the joy I need to focus on this week even though I am grieving the loss of my loved ones.