Sunday, June 15, 2014

Celebrate Life

A couple weeks ago we drove south for an hour and half for my aunt's memorial service. She'd been on hospice for awhile. She broke her pelvic bone the day before she died. She was ready and died. It sucked me dry to think my last aunt died. She was the wife of my uncle, who is my mom's only brother and sibling. {Last year both of their adult children died of cancer.} All Uncle has is his grandchildren and great grandchildren, and us. He said so afterwards as we sat with him. It was hard to see him with tears in his eyes. He's been in a wheel chair for years, due to MS.  We wait and wonder. We think of years gone by. What stretches before us now. Day after day, living without a loved one.

Auntie at her computer where she did her bookkeeping business. She was a nice person, well liked.  And a man I talked to at memorial, drove all the way from Bend to get his taxes done by her. She's been doing it for years. Retired and left it to her daughter, who is now gone. Her daughter was the one who kept me up-to-date with family there, sent Christmas letters. Now it's all gone. Only memories.

Uncle, cousins, (except lady on left who was talking to Uncle)...all together. Remembering times past and pressing on each day. In life.  We live on as a memory when we are gone. What will be our story that the generation we leave behind remembers? Celebrate Life in Jesus!
"Again Jesus spoke to them saying, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.' " 
 John 8:31

Linking up with Lisha at Sunday Community


Anonymous said...

I am sorry for your loss, Becky. You just came by Being Woven and shed a tear or two. It seems that as we age the ones we have with us and those we lose become more precious to us. Thank you for coming by and sharing your sweet words to me.
Caring through Christ, ~ linda

Pat Baer said...

Oh Becky, I can feel the heaviness of your grief through your words. Watching our loved ones pass is never easy - but seeing the end of an era is even more difficult.
You've obviously chosen to leave a legacy through your photos and words. I pray God gives you comfort as you write. And may you sense his abundant love for you tonight.

aimee said...

So hard to lose those who are dear to our hearts and who were a big part of our life. Someday we will have a reunion with them and the One who made it possible, but our present sense of pain and loss can be difficult. May the peace of God and His love surround you ar this time.

Linda W. said...

Sorry to hear about the loss of your Aunt.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

I am so sorry for your loss, Dear Becky - it is very difficult to say goodbye to those who came before us, realizing we are now the elders. It is the passing of the torch and now we keep the memories alive through our loving stories. How tragic for your Uncle to lose his wife and his children - may the Angels be with him st this difficult time. Thinking of you and your family and sending loving prayers. xo Karen

Camille said...

So sorry for your loss. May the Lord continue to be your portion along this path of life until He calls you Home! What a day of rejoicing it will be!! Hugs, Camille

Becky L. said...

Thank you, Linda, Pat, Aimee,Linda W and Karen and Camille for your kind thoughts and prayers. Life goes on without our loved ones. It does feel strange to know the past is slowly slipping away since older relatives die. That makes me the next to go but hopefully it will be awhile. Camille, the day God calls us home will be sweet for us who go. Hugs to all for your kind words. It eases the pain a bit. Thanks!

Gracie Saylor said...

Becky so sorry for the loss of your auntie, and I pray that the Comforter will be ever present with you as you live out your days.

Blessings to you and yours xx