There are people who touch our lives in some way…some who are with us through years, and others for short periods of times. Sometimes they exit our lives either through death, or other times, through decisions made to leave.
I was thinking of this this morning, on this day that marks 11 years since David had a brain aneurysm and left us. David was my husband, the father of my 3 children, and we spent many years together and many memories. I have moved on since his departure. But I still recall him especially on days like today, or his birthday, or our wedding anniversary.
When people leave, we have to go on. We can’t just stop. Sometimes we’d like to…sometimes we may wish we could make a permanent exit, because the departure is painful. But we eventually realize that we can’t. We still have lives that must be lived.
Is it okay to sort of memorialize people, and spend a little time dwelling on their memory at times? I think so. I don’t think it’s okay if we sort of put ourselves in some holding pattern…dwell so much that we aren’t remembering that today’s a new day full of potential memories of their own…know what I mean?
I think of David from time to time. I think of my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles or friends. I think of Ted often too, and and miss him…remember the times we shared. Of course, Ted, and some of the others are not gone completely from my life…just gone in the sense that they’re not here in the same way. But I don’t think that God places people in our lives so that when they’re gone for whatever reason, we just cease to recall them. But I do think that He desires for us to continue on.
Anyway, life does go on. I am grateful for all the people who have touched my life. Today, I’m grateful for David, who I shared most of my adult life with, and who gave me my children and now my granddaughter Grace. And I think of how blessed I am today, this day with all the people still in my life and all the ones still to meet along the journey ahead. And I’m thankful.
Love and blessings,