My friends are remembering their little girl today. They miss her each day; however, this is the day she breathed her last breath two years ago. They wear red, her favorite color, in the month of February, celebrating her life then and now. I’ve watched them grieve with faith and hope, finding places in their life to hang on to the promises of God.
It’s the thin places where heaven and earth collide . . . the places we recognize there’s more to life than what we see, the places where we hope, even, when nothing makes sense, the places where trusting God transforms, the places where grace reigns in the midst of it all, the places where joy comes in the mourning of loss and grief . . . that we see the gift of the day.
It’s what Luke described in chapter 1:
Because of God’s tender mercy,
the light from heaven is about to break upon us,
to give light to those who sit in darkness
and in the shadow of death,
and to guide us to the path of peace.” (Luke 1: 78-79, NLT).
When the light from heaven breaks upon us, we are in the presence of Christ, where we know with certainty, all is well. The thing is . . . the darkness will consume us, if, we allow it to do so . . . the Light of Heaven is a gift that takes us on the pathway to the place where we experience life-changing peace. And.
When we move out of the darkness into the Light of heaven, we’re made new, filled with a sense of awe and gratefulness for what God has done.
And. As the Light of Heaven breaks through the day, we can’t help but give thanks.
Day 9 of 40-days of intentional gratefulness: Grateful for the Light from heaven breaking through each day.
P.S. It’s a day to wear red.
Learning to Kickstart each day with gratefulness,
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)