Growing up I never experienced much death. I don't remember attending a funeral with my parents. I do remember others getting out of school for a grandparent or another family member's funeral. I remember thinking I was fortunate to still have my grandparents etc in my life.
Then that all changed. My dad's dear friend lost his wife. My good friend lost her mother. I remember walking into that sanctuary with my family. I remember feeling many raw emotions. My friend's mom was so good to my mom; a dear friend who was always there for us and none she was gone. And like my friend I had many questions; What happened? Why did she die?
After that experience it was several years before I experienced someone in my life dying. This time it was my grandfather. I remember driving hours and many miles so my mom and I would be at the funeral. I remember seeing Grandpa laying so still in that casket. I remember crying and grieving the loss of this dear person in my life. I remember at the cemetery laying the urn next to his own mom and dad!
Almost five years ago, my best friend was laid to rest. I remember picking up my phone and hearing the words from her mom. I miss her every day. And then about three years later we laid Grandma to rest as well. And then over the last couple of years my cousin has had to lay her little children to rest as well.
In January of 2010, I wept and mourned as I heard about the Haiti earthquake. My friend Renee was there with her husband and her husbands cousin. And soon we learned that Renee's husband Ben had lost his life. A life cut way too short. I found myself grieving for Renee but also grieving for the losses she would experience because of Bens death.
My heart aches...aches for all those relationships that have been lost. Yet I am reminded of the words to Psalm 30 "Weeping may come for the night, but joy comes with the morning!"
These beautiful saints are blessings in our lives and I am glad that God placed them in my life. I'm thankful for all that they taught me. And so today I say thank you for these saints in my life; these saints who now from their labors rest; Renee, Sam, Bess, Maia, Jack, Arlys, Mandy, Shan, Ben, Reinie, and so many others.
These saints have made a difference in my life. And there are so many still here who have made a difference too. So as another bloggy friend suggested, " Who are you going to let know that they have been a blessing in your life?"