I watched through the tears I could no longer hold back as crowds lined the road, waving flags and saluting a fallen hero. The hearse approached and four men, veterans from a war long ago, saluted and held the American flag high with a mixture of pride and sorrow clearly etched in their faces. This hero, too young to be gone, sacrificed everything for his country. For us. I watched as his hometown showed their appreciation in the only way they knew how, by simply standing along the road offering their gratitude to the family he left behind. And my heart was heavy.
I answered the phone and heard the news. “She only has weeks, maybe months to live.” The questions began. How can this be? They said the word remission. You can’t just reverse that diagnosis, right? Questions that have no answers. At least none that soothe. They say things like, “She’s lived a long life, a good life” and it’s meant to bring solace. Instead, it makes my heart heavy.
Ending. Closing. Finishing. Life is full of these moments. Heavy-hearted moments.
“Take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
I opened the mail to find a wedding invitation. The anticipation and hope of things to come could almost be felt as I read the words requesting our presence at the ceremony celebrating their union.
In a text message I read about the birth of a healthy baby boy. The pride and joy was tangible even through the small screen of my phone. Words gushing with excitement and love.
Beginning. Commencing. Starting. Life is full of these moments. Heartfelt moments.
Situations entangle themselves, bringing about emotion on top of emotion. Goodbyes followed by hellos. Sorrow pursued by joy. Laughter in the midst of tears. Endings and beginnings.
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NLT