Friday, August 14, 2009

The Long Journey Home

This has been a trying week to say the least. I have personally suffered some disappointments but have watched people I really care about suffer the greatest loss.......the loss of their loved one.

Tomorrow, I have to attend the funeral of a woman, my age, who lost her battle with breast cancer. I haven't thought much about breast cancer in the last three years because I have been buried in autism. For those of you who don't know me, I too once waged war with breast cancer. The major difference is, I was lucky..........I won.

This special woman lost her battle on Tuesday night and left behind three amazing children. Three children who will never again have their mother hold them in her arms and tell them how amazing they really are. You see, I believe no one will ever be able to love you the way our mother's loved us..............except God.

Another woman, also lost her battle with cancer Thursday night. She was much older and had grown children and grandchildren. This woman, a widow, chose to volunteer countless hours to youth activities building lifelong friendships along the way. This woman was one of my mother's best friends.

She had no education to speak of and cleaned houses and offices to pay her bills after her husband died. Yet, I never once heard her complain about her position in life and she had a sense of humor that could break any tense situation with roars of laughter. She endured the early loss of her husband with dignity and gave of herself to fill the place he had in her heart. She had an amazing spirit.

We are all making this journey back to the Father because our time here is so relatively short. How have we spent this precious time? Loving, laughing, and embracing others, or brooding, grumbling, and feeling sorry for ourselves. This amazing journey of life can teach us so much, but it really means nothing if we never give of ourselves and share God's love with others. I hope that we choose love and then our spirit will continue to give to those we have left behind.