We miss our little Miss Lucy Mae. The almost seven months since she left this earth has passed slowly and quickly, as, if, it were just yesterday and, yet, long ago. There’s not a day that goes by without being mindful of the gift we received and the magnitude of our loss. Yet. Life proceeds forward, time moves on, people get busy and return to their normalcy. Even, so. Many people have continued to reach out, sharing their time, paying attention to our loss, loving us through each day, blessing us in numerous ways.
If, you’ve experienced grief, then, you understand what we’ve learned: The burden of grief is lighter when others come alongside and walk with you.
Just last week, two friends surprised us with a framed collage using a page from an old Bible concordance, her initial, the date she left for heaven, and a star strategically placed by the word, light.
It’s a gift declaring love and remembrance, giving us comfort and encouragement, reminding us that we’re not alone, blessing us beyond measure.
It’s what Jesus described as active and intentional love:
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples” (John 13:34-35, NLT).
And. It’s what Jesus meant about being light in the dark world: “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. (Matthew 5:14-16, NLT).
When the love of Christ is released from our heart to others, when the light of Christ shines out to people in dark and hard places, when we’re purposefully blessing others through the presence of Christ in us, the world is changed and we’re blessed. When we’re blessed, we’ve engaged with the activity of God.
We are placed on earth in a specific time and space to make a difference. So. Intentionally and purposefully go alongside of others, walking with them in their journey, giving your time and attention to their needs, lightening their load by loving them with the love of Christ and being the light in the dark and hard places. Be blessed as you bless others. It’s what makes life rewarding.
Learning to Kickstart the day blessed,
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)