Friday, September 19, 2014

When I'm Gone

Yesterday we were at the funeral of a lady who was a friend and supporter of so many at our church and actually around the community. Mike officiated at the funeral and I know it was hard for him. However, he always seems to know just the right things to say to give a message of comfort and hope. 

This friend left us very unexpectedly. She had a day of doing things she enjoyed and when she went to bed that night I do not believe she knew her time here was over. What maybe seemed like an ordinary day, ended up being a date that will be written next to her date of birth on her tombstone. 

As I was pondering all this our daughter, Maria, told me of a Latin term she was researching, Memento Mori. It means "remember that you must die". Although it sounds rather ominous, it also seems quite simple. For some reason I found comfort in that. I'm not quite sure why it comforted me. Can you explain it? Maybe it is just because it makes us realize that death is normal. It is expected. 

At any rate, I've been thinking about our friend and the husband who now must travel that path of grief so many have traveled before him.  I am grateful for the faith we share, knowing our time of parting is only temporary.  It does not stop the pain of grief, but it sure gives us knowledge of a peace and joy yet to come.

Last night Mike & I were watching a few videos on YouTube and we came upon this one.  It seemed appropriate for this post. It may make you cry, but it is a song of hope and recovery.

Click on the blue words to read more about why Maria was researching Memento Mori.


Maria Rose said...

I think it is so important to always keep it in our minds that our time here is brief, perhaps even shorter than we might hope. A great reminder to live each day as the gift that it is.

Pam Brewer said...

It pisses me off that we're born to die. Seems so unfair. Get all excited about life and then...poof you're gone. Especially cruel to have to go on after a loved one dies. Almost unbearable. Sorry, that's just the way I'm feeling tonight.

Susan Struck said...

I think death is something we will understand better after the fact. For now I hold onto the faith that our lives do not end on the day of death but actually become so much more.

Pam Brewer said...

Well said, Sue. Thank you for that.

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