Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:24

Timeless Tuesday

From my first post on Facebook, nothing is forgotten on my personal page unless I physically deleted it.  I have the option to look at what I said or posted on any given day.  There is also an icon I can click that is specific to Memories which is updated daily.  There is a function, in the settings, to turn off memories we wish not to see; you know, the ones that talk about the death of a loved one — whether it is a human or a pet.  Personally, I like to take a trip down memory lane, so I keep the feature on.

I am being reminded, on a daily basis, of when my cat, Clyde, was really sick in 2009.  He had anemia.  His cute little pink nose was turning white right before our eyes.  But I didn’t realize something was drastically wrong because I didn’t really see him at that time.  I was in mourning for my father who passed away less than a month from Clyde’s illness.  I could not see anything clearly at that time.  In fact, I was numb by grief and my vision was foggy even when the sun was shining brightly outside.

Seven days from now will be the ninth anniversary of Clyde’s passing.  I don’t need Facebook to remind me when anyone I loved has died.  I continue to mourn those who have gone before me and I do this because I was blessed to know love in my heart.

Never let anyone tell you that grief has a timeline.  If you grieve the loss of a loved one, no matter how many years they have been gone, keep grieving if you must.  You will recognize that the deepest pain you felt has lessened as time has passed, and this is normal.  Many of the happier times and memories will surface too, and it is good to smile and laugh as that is part of the healing from loss.

A lot of the sadness comes up this time of year as the end of July is when my dad was called home to Heaven and in one week, my little Clyde joined him to sit in his lap.  My eyes are wet as I type just thinking about both of them.  Their end-of-life suffering was hard to witness, but I am so thankful that I was with them to say good-bye.  I thank God that I know what it is to have love in my heart.  I thank God for giving me the assurance that I will see them in Heaven when my work is done on this earth.

If you grieve the loss of a loved one, hold onto this promise from Revelation 21:4

‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

The life we now know, will not be like this in Heaven.  May this be a nugget of peace to fill such voids of the heart.



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