The Gift of Life

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Life is a gift from God. Our children, family, friends, neighbors, and strangers are all gifts to be savored. Although some days may be full of hardship and sadness, each breath, heartbeat, and thought illustrates the beautiful gift of life. Keep the positive memories alive and thank God for the blessings in your past, present, and future.

“Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.”

    – Revelation 22:17

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

    – Romans 6:23

“There’s promise and beauty in so many things if we are open to it. Even through the darkest moments, if we try and see the light, there is promise in this as well.”

    – Natalie Bacho

 

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Empty Spaces

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I wanted to feel less.
To not be burdened by emotion,
To not feel sadness,
To not know loss.
I envied the inanimate,
The trees that stand proudly in winter,
Not missing their leaves.
I wanted to be weightless,
To not experience limitation.
I didn’t want time to pass,
The blur of days, months, years.
It moved too quickly,
I wanted to grasp on,
Hold it.
It eluded me,
Intangible,
Like light.
I wanted to preserve life before you were gone.
I didn’t want to know grief.

But the pain kept me connected.
It meant that I loved you,
It meant that I would always be a little broken,
It meant that our love filled all of the empty spaces.
It meant that you would be with me… forever

~Jacqueline Simon Gunn

Second Firsts

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“I have lived in the shadow of loss—the kind of loss that can paralyze you forever.
I have grieved like a professional mourner—in every waking moment, draining every ounce of my life force.
I died—without leaving my body.
But I came back, and now it’s your turn.
I have learned to remember my past—without living in it.
I am strong, electric, and alive, because I chose to dance, to laugh, to love, and to
live again.
I have learned that you can’t re-create the life you once had—you have to
reinvent a life for yourself.
And that reinvention is a gift, not a curse.
I believe your future self is a work of art and that science can help you create it. If you’re lost . . . if you’re gone . . . if you can barely absorb the words on this
page . . . I want you to hold this truth in your heart: when it’s your time to go, you won’t wish you had spent more time grieving; you’ll wish you had spent more time living.
That’s why I’m here. And why you are, too. Let’s live like our lives depend on it.”

~ Christina Rasmussen

Grief is Subversive

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“Grief is subversive, undermining the quiet agreement to behave and be in control of our emotions. It is an act of protest that declares our refusal to live numb and small. There is something feral about grief, something essentially outside the ordained and sanctioned behaviors of our culture. Because of that, grief is necessary to the vitality of the soul. Contrary to our fears, grief is suffused with life-force…. It is not a state of deadness or emotional flatness. Grief is alive, wild, untamed and cannot be domesticated. It resists the demands to remain passive and still. We move in jangled, unsettled, and riotous ways when grief takes hold of us. It is truly an emotion that rises from the soul.”

~Frances Weller

Perhaps

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Perhaps some day the sun will shine again,
And I shall see that still the skies are blue,
And feel one more I do not live in vain,
Although bereft of you.

Perhaps the golden meadows at my feet,
Will make the sunny hours of spring seem gay,
And I shall find the white May-blossoms sweet,
Though You have passed away.

Perhaps the summer woods will shimmer bright,
And crimson roses once again be fair,
And autumn harvest fields a rich delight,
Although You are not there.

But though kind Time may many joys renew,
There is one greatest joy I shall not know
Again, because my heart for loss of You
Was broken, long ago.”

~Vera Brittain

The Loss

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For those of us who have ever walked through the Valley of the death of a loved one, we may feel after the first few months, that we can begin to move on with our feelings and emotions. However, we soon find ourselves grieving as we did before because the feelings are still present in our lives.
Often times, Family and Friends assume that a grieving person is moving on with their lives and putting everything in the past. No one can even begin to gauge how another person is feeling. Our Grief Journey is our own personal journey and everyone grieves differently.
Understanding our own Grief will also be beneficial as to the types of help we allow Family, Friends and our counselors to provide for us.
They don’t know how we are feeling until we open up and tell them.
There will be days we don’t feel like talking on the telephone and shouldn’t feel guilty because it is normal.
It is a good idea to journal our thoughts and feelings. This is a great way to track our progress. The grief journey is not an easy one, but it is one that we all must go through at some point in our lives and when we continue to have faith that we will be fine and God will provide comfort, healing, and support as we walk down our dark path of grief.

A Brilliant Mind

STEPHEN HAWKING

Stephen William Hawking. 1942 – 2018
 Cosmologist, space traveler and hero

A man with one of the greatest minds ever, has left this earth, but left behind a Phenomenal Legacy that will live on for many years to come.

Stephen Hawking is the former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and author of  A Brief History of Time which was an international bestseller. Now the Dennis Stanton Avery and Sally Tsui Wong-Avery Director of Research at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and Founder of the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at Cambridge, his other books for the general reader include: A Brief History of Time, the essay collection Black Holes and Baby Universe and The Universe in a Nutshell.

In 1963, Hawking contracted motor neurone disease and was given two years to live. Yet he went on to Cambridge to become a brilliant researcher and Professorial Fellow at Gonville and Caius University. From 1979 to 2009 he held the post of Lucasian Professor at Cambridge, the chair held by Isaac Newton in 1663. Professor Hawking has over a dozen honorary degrees and was awarded the CBE in 1982 and the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1985. He was a fellow of the Royal Society and a member of the US National Academy of Science. The US space agency tweeted: “Remembering Stephen …. He is a fellow of the Royal Society and a member of the US National Academy of Science. Stephen Hawking is regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein. 

It doesn’t matter if you agreed with his theories or disagreed; one thing is for sure.  The world have certainly lost a Great man with a Brilliant Mind, but the legacy of Stephen William Hawking will live on for many, many years!

Be a Listening Ear to Someone Grieving

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If you have a family member or a friend, grieving the loss of a loved one, you can be a huge asset in their Grief Journey.
Be a listening ear, a prayer warrior, someone whom they can call on when they just need to pray or when they have an anxiety attack and become fearful of the unknown.

When someone grieving is in need of your assistance, be the best you can be and make sure you are on time to any appointments that you are taking them to, make sure you answer the phone or call them back in a timely manner.
When a person is grieving, the only thing that matters at that particular time, is the person who thought enough of them to listen to them talk, vent, pray, or just sit and laugh about any and/or all of the things they remember about their loved one.

Remember, God is in control of all things and with his love, grace, and mercy all things will be renewed and everyone who believes in him and has accepted his son Jesus Christ as their personal savior, will not perish but will have life eternal.

There are so many people hurting in this world. Let’s be a listening ear and a pillar of support to those in need of talking, praying, crying or just someone to that will listen to them!