A week ago today 9 souls entered Heaven. I often (probably more than most) think about what that will be like ~ the transition from my earthly body to my Heavenly one and the hugs that will last for eternity. This past week, as we have been sending boxes of Love Rocks to Roseburg, I can’t help but think about those individuals that started their day as usual on Oct. 1, just like we did on Oct. 20, 2013.
I remember so many things about that time, they are my most vivid memories of my life when my family was under the same roof ~ memories I will cherish forever and ones that I know we will reminisce about once I enter Heaven. “Remember that time you both fought over who was going to stand next to the big pumpkin? Seems so silly now huh?”
This morning I received an email from a woman in Roseburg requesting Love Rocks. She wrote that she was concerned about her grieving community because people were planning to make a statement by picketing and openly carrying guns when President Obama comes to pay his respects to the families of those who were lost.
As I read her message I couldn’t help but weep and think about those new souls in Heaven. I couldn’t help but think of the joy and the unbelievable feeling of love that I believe carried them to where my daughters now reside.
Yes, terrible things happen all the time but if we keep our focus there we will continue to be trapped in the sins of this world and will not be able to truly live the life God intended us to live or love in the way he wants us to love. If I have learned anything these last two years it’s that focusing on the love diminishes the hate, the anger and the bitterness. Love does win and sharing love is one of the best things to do when your heart is breaking.
LOVE, that is the whisper I get everyday from my girls.
“Keep loving Mama and we promise it will be alright.”
I’m going to listen and do as they say, will you?