Only two things are on my mind today. 4 years ago today, our heavenly Father brought home his daughter, my mother. She suffered years of pain, and finally was released. But He didn’t leave our family completely shattered. In what can only be His miraculous timing, as we lost one family member, another entered the world.
My niece’s baby girl, Autumn is 4 years old today. She has been, and will always be, a treasure, as all children are. She has brought much joy and laughter, happiness and love to everyone. This is not a day of sadness, no. This is a day for celebration!
These two events reminds us of God’s merciful love. He doesn’t abandon us in our grief, but is always wih us, giving us His Holy Spirit as our comfort and guide. When one life ends, another begins, and death is not the end. Our physical life ends, but then we walk through the gates to eternity, where there is forever life and love in God’s own presence.
I am reminded of the prayer of St. Francis, my patron saint:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.