Before you even ask, YES, I know it is Spring, and YES, I know this is a picture of a Christmas tree 🙂
But when I was searching for a different picture this morning, I came across this one and burst into tears!
You see, the search I did was celebrating memories. And although this picture is associated with celebrating Christmas and happy memories of Christmases passed, what I saw was the dark tree in the front, and I started to cry.
As I watch my Dad drifting away, I try to focus only on the wonderful memories we all had as a family. I try to think only about where he is going, and that he will finally be out of pain. He has suffered so much over the last several years, and I think God is finally getting him ready to relieve him and take Home. That is what I am TRYING to do. But in reality, I am sad. Sad and scared! Mom left us 12 years ago, and the thought of both of them being gone, is terrifying me. The changes and drifting that seems to inevitably happen when common bonds in a family are gone. I know I am NOT the best sister in the world to begin with when it comes to keeping in touch, that I admit. But the fear of losing the last common bond with my siblings, makes me feel fear. Will I also lose the only other people who share memories of the good parts of my past?
The trees in this picture made me realize that even though the lights may have faded out, the memories still live on in our hearts and in our minds, just beyond where the present lives.
So even in our worst and darkest of times, we must try to focus on the good and the light. The light is what will guide you through to the next part of your life’s journey. I know it is sometimes difficult to let go of the familiar and go forward into the unknown. The fears that come with change and loss are very real. But we must remember that even when lights burn out, our memories of the light are still present. Each time we access that memory, that light will live on forever in our hearts and will help continue to guide us through.
Share your Joy!
Share your Light!