My heart is broken . . . you were a gift from God Beany . . .
I know today is a dark and cold wintry day
It looked and felt like spring!
Only the bare branches betrayed
What the calendar on my wall tells me.
A knowledge of all that is to come
Heals my soul.
By Martha L Shaw – © 2014
A leaf grows on my tree.
But is it?
Every fiber of what was once living
Lives on in the lives
Which surrounded it.
By Martha L Shaw – © 2017
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Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality. – Emily Dickinson
I have always dearly loved poetry and Dickinson is one of my favorites. This quote is a delightful reminder to me that through Jesus Christ we are blessed with eternal life! Death no longer has the sting it did before He won for us the victory through His great love for us. As His followers we know that love truly is immortal! Those we miss in our daily lives truly are not gone from us anymore than Christ Himself. They live on in our hearts through the love we share. On our darkest day, we still have light, hope, love, and companionship through our beloved Lord Jesus Christ! Let yourself feel the love!
I read this quote earlier and it was really one that touched me deeply:
The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.
– Peggy O’ Mara –
Taking Peggy’s words here a step further than she appears to say, I firmly believe and know that not only do we affect the way the children in our lives view themselves in later life, but also the way in which they know God Himself depends largely upon the way in which we talk to them and make them feel. When we grow impatient or reactionary . . . when we speak without considering our tone, our word choice, and the power of life and death contained in words, we can do lasting damage to another OR we can lead them toward the absolute knowledge that they are beloved sons and daughters of the King of Kings. Which image are you projecting? Is it the one you truly desire to? PLEASE resolve to be a positive influence moving forward! God bless you in your journey!
I just read a great quote:
To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die.
– Thomas Campbell –
I love this quote NOT because I never wish to leave this life, for I do at some point seek to live “up there” with Jesus and to sit at His feet, but there is another reason this quote touched me. Gosh, in a very short time not too far back in my life it seemed so many people I love were passing on all within a few weeks or months of each other. It may have been a broader period of time, but my broken heart-felt like “there’s nobody left.”
When we hear that “they” live in our hearts forever, it sounds cliché and initially comforts us very little, yet eventually the grieving passes or at least becomes less crippling and when it does life continues and “they” truly are still with us. Each time I pick up a hammer, I feel my Dad’s hand on my own. Whenever I sit on the left hand side of the church in the first or second pew, Becky’s there with me and I feel her sisterly hugs and see her beautiful smile with Jesus reflected in her eyes just as He always was. I can’t pass a yard sale without hearing Betty say “Ooo!” and recalling how she could do a three-point turn ANYWHERE when there was a yard sale sign in sight!
When I see a nurse lovingly treating a patient, I think of Barbara, and when I see a seagull I think of Uncle Bob and his summer hat with plastic seagull poop on it, and I feel his smile charging through my body. I can’t pass through a yarn store without thinking of Nana and all the vests she made. Nana was not well and was a “shut in” for years and years, but from her one room apartment, she warmed many a body and many a heart hand crocheting vests and hand writing letters which I mailed for her. She always had “Rocko” who owned a small corner market and delivered her groceries to her (and put them away for her) bring my favorite flavor of ice cream and several other treats that she couldn’t even eat, just because we enjoyed so many long visits in her tiny and really hot apartment. The heat never bothered me when I was there. I remember Rocko and his demeanor of grumpy old man, but he didn’t offer delivery service . . . just had compassion for Nana and for many of us in the neighborhood in one way or another.
Those who’ve passed through my life and moved away or have gone to be with Jesus . . . they truly are still with me and will forever be a part of me. Mr. Campbell had it right!
Perhaps the world little notes nor long remembers individual acts of kindness — but people do.
– Herm Albright –
This quote is at once both inspiring and troubling. Imagine, if you will what life would be like it we truly did focus all we do on it achieving world-wide notice? We have become a society which largely focuses on the big picture, large profits, fancy cars, the right neighborhoods, the fancy job titles, the fat paychecks, designer labels, and the list goes on and on . . . when we have these things, LOTS of people notice. We smile. We feel proud. When we do not have these things, we strive for them, we covet them. We even get angry and blame others for our “bad luck.” This made me think a bit.
In the last few days:
- A friend, hearing my rake handle broke, said “here, I had an extra . . . don’t buy one.”
- Knowing I suffer from allergies, another friend came over and spent his entire Saturday morning helping me with yard work.
- Knowing I am seeking provision, a friend called and said “hey, did you see that . . . are hiring? It’s not listed in the help wanted so you might not have seen it.”
- I was tired as I walked into the school where I teach a writing class in an afterschool program a couple of hours a week. I wasn’t motivated to be there. As soon as I got there, a small child ran over and hugged me.
- A friend who is a very busy man realized I’d not emailed or text messaged him much recently and contacted me just to make sure everything was okay with me.
Know what? That is just a small part of the kindnesses shown me in the last few days. Not one of them will get someone a job promotion, put them on the front page of the news paper, or make the evening news. Each one of them, however, brought me joy.
There are so many simple things we can do not because we have to but simply to be kind. A smile, a hug, an invitation to have a cup of tea, a pot of soup for a sick friend . . . none of these are difficult. They will be remembered. Best part? When somebody asks “does anybody care anymore?” the answer will be YES!