Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Dancing with Angels

Let me just say it has been a long hard week. I oftened thought of the Dr. Suess saying, "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened". Family gathered together for days to cry, laugh and share memories of my dear aunt Lydia. She was my aunt and another 'mom' figure in my life as well. My cousin Lindsey, her oldest daughter, has always been like a little sister to me. Needless to say there are many stories I could share from over the years. The band Peter, Paul and Mary will always remind me of her.

I have had a lot of time to reflect on life and those we have loved and lost. Some, like my great grandma Burtraw, were able to be with us for many many years. Others, like my close friend and sister by choice Jamie, are only granted a short time here with us. At times we know a person's journey is coming to an end and then there are others that are taken away so suddenly not only is there loss and sorrow, but shock as well. This was the case for my step-mom Cindy and my aunt.

The following lyrics are from a song that was chosen to play at my aunt's funeral. It speaks of sadness and loss, but hope and joy as well. Even though there are some who have gone before us and it hurts that they are gone, followes of Jesus have the reassurance that they are dancing with angels until the day we are reunited with them.

Memories surround me
But sadness has found me
I'd do anything for more time
Never before has someone meant more
And I can't get you out of my mind
There is so much that I don't understand
But I know

Jamie Lyne Post
October 16, 1982- August 11, 2001

You're dancing with the angels
Walking in new life
You're dancing with the angels
Heaven fills your eyes
Now that you're dancing with the angels

Ruth Emma Burtraw
June 14, 1910- June 5, 2003

You've had love for your family
Love for all people
Love for the Father, the Son
Your heart will be heard
In your unspoken words
Through generations to come
There is so much that I don't understand
But I know

Cynthia Ann Spence
March 28, 1962- October 10, 2009

You're dancing with the angels
Walking in new life
You're dancing with the angels
Heaven fills your eyes
Now that you're dancing with the angels

Lydia Marie Burtraw
September 17, 1960- February 12 2011

We're only here for a short time
So I'm gonna stand up
Shout out
And sing hallelujah
One day I'll see you again

It all brings life into perspective for me. I am reminded that tomorrow is no guarantee. Only God knows how many days are left in our book, so we shouldn't take a single one for granted. Easier to say than do. There's always something on the horizon, a place we are trying to get to. Yet we must remember that the present is a precious gift from God. So live a full day today and remember to tell the ones you love what they mean to you. Try to live life with no regrets. And rest in the knowledge that if you believe in Him you will see your loved ones again someday.

"The memory of a good person is a blessing". Proverb 10:7

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