HAPPY EASTER, EVERYONE!
The following article is dedicated to my family and in loving memory of those who are no longer with us. May their souls rest in peace forever. Amen.
The spring is such a beautiful time of the year. Trees and flowers are blooming after weeks of “sleeping” during the winter, and everything is becoming vibrant and coming back to life again. It is also the time that all Christians (whether Baptist, Catholic, Episcopalian, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, etc.) unite in their respective places of worship to celebrate Easter in commemoration of the death and resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
It is certainly a time to celebrate life and we are reminded of the loving sacrifice that Jesus made for us so that we may have eternal life. Perhaps it not easy to imagine that life on earth (in the physical sense) is temporary, but we are reminded (and assured) that we are spiritual beings and there is life after death.
“Today you will be with me in Paradise.”
In this lifetime, we will suffer losses. It is very painful to lose the people that we love and we will hold the memories of our loved ones forever in our hearts. When we suffer these types of losses, they tend to create a void in our hearts and no matter how much time lapses, there is a longing in our hearts–to see them, hold them, hug them once more. There is also a longing to hear the person’s voice once again.
I know these feelings very well because I, along with my family members and many people in this world, have suffered losses that occurred suddenly and during a short period of time. I long to see my loved ones and there are times I just want to be able to say hello and have a conversation with them, but I realize that the longing I feel in my heart can never be filled by anyone or any worldly possession. Only God is able to fill the void and provide the peace that we have been longing in our hearts.
It has been ten years since my mother passed away and over time, I have begun to gain a better understanding of my mother’s desire to be with the Lord. My mother suffered with cancer for many years and longed to be with the Lord because she believed in His promise that one day, we will be with Him in paradise—a place where there is no suffering; a place filled with pure love, beauty and peace.
Although we are made of flesh and bones, we must remember that we are spiritual beings. There are times I have felt displaced, as though I don’t quite fit in, and realize that it is because my spirit is not of this world. God created me and my entire being belongs to the Lord, my Creator. Without God, I am nothing.
We are all born with the inherent need to be loved and feel a sense of belonging. As such, we were created to live in communion (to be one) with God. I have found that it is important to maintain a special connection with God because it is through that connection that I am able to feel God’s love and presence in my life. It is also through my personal relationship with God that I am able to gain peace, understanding and wisdom.
It is extremely difficult to let go of our loved ones, but our time on this earth is limited and all life is in God’s hands. I would prefer to have my loved ones near me at all times, but also realize that God is a merciful and loving father. I am able to attain a sense of peace knowing that they are no longer suffering and in a place of rest.
The longing to see my loved ones once again will never cease, but I truly believe in God’s promises that one day we will be reunited in paradise.
Farewell, My Darlings:
The time has come to say farewell
and I hate to let you go;
I hold you close to my heart, I miss you and love you so.
Thank you for the love and beautiful memories we shared;
Life has not been the same without you.
I only say farewell, my Darlings,
for one day we will be reunited in Heaven;
Farewell, My Darlings,
Until we meet again.
Q. M. Herrera
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Inspired art print by Danny Hahlbohm