Celebrating life …

“The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light.
For those who lived in a land of deep shadows—
light! sunbursts of light! …
The joy of a great celebration,
sharing rich gifts and warm greetings.” Isaiah 9:2,3

imageI find myself waiting for Glen to walk into a room and say, “Hi, Honey.” Or, I learn or see something I want to share with him, and then remember, I can’t. I understand this is common after someone passes away. It isn’t that I’m in denial. I’m just reacting in the same way I’ve done for fifty years. It didn’t take long after Glen passed for me to realize my life is different, but I cannot say it is bad.

Yesterday, the children and I set a date for Glen’s celebration of life service and party on August 6 (which was Glen’s mother’s date of birth 95 years ago), in his hometown, Colo, Iowa. Since Glen gave his body to science, there was no funeral–no formal “closure” to his life on Earth. We will gather to honor and celebrate the life of my husband and friend, the proud father of my children, the fun grandpa, the older brother, the caring uncle, cousin, and friend to so many people. We will find joy that he has entered the great light of heaven.

Dear God, when we gather to celebrate Glen’s life on Earth, may  we find peace in his passing into Eternal Life. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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