Two years have gone by since I wrote my meditation, “Cleansing Tears.” At that time, my sister Beth had passed away only a month before, and I was still processing my sorrow. In many ways, I still am. But my focus has now changed.
Since my sister’s passing, her daughter gave birth to her first child—Beth’s first grandchild. This sweet boy is such a treasure. I see my sister in his eyes and the way he crinkles his nose when he laughs. He brings tremendous joy to my niece, my brother-in-law, and my elderly mother, helping us all move through the grief of Beth’s premature death from cancer.
When my great-nephew was born, I decided to pour my love into him as I know my sister would have. In no way can I ever replace her; I would never try to do that. However, I can carry on her legacy by spending time with him and sharing stories of his grandmother that only I would know. In this way, I can give him a glimpse of the incredible person Beth was and keep her memory alive.
My journey through grief started with cleansing tears, but I couldn’t stay there. True healing . . . my healing . . . only comes through the power of God’s love. So until my sister and I meet again in heaven, I hope to live as a faithful conduit of this healing love, honoring Beth’s legacy with all of her remaining friends and family who dearly miss her.
This season, Whitney R. Simpson has given us the gift we must open: a clear, accessible invitation to connect with the divine spark that is within us. This is the best present: being present for Jesus’ birth, God made human.”
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