A Piece of My Day

A Piece of Saturday, 11 September 2010…

Posted on: Saturday, 11 September 2010

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Resurrection!

Today’s the fifth anniversary of Mom’s death. I woke up this morning, and for the first time on this anniversary, she wasn’t the first thought in my brain. In fact, it took a while for me to think of it at all, and when I did, grief didn’t hit me like a ton of bricks like it has in the past on this day. I’m going to claim that as “progress” (whatever that means) and, actually, maybe a more helpful word is “relief” – it is a relief not to have the sharpness of grief right there anymore.

The photo above is of Mom’s little jewelry box. In the year after she died – I honestly don’t remember when exactly – Hubby S and I were visiting my stepdad and he gave me this box. In it, he had placed a few favorite pairs of Mom’s earrings.

The butterflies are significant. For Christians, they are symbols of the resurrection – symbols of new life emerging from the grave – symbols of our being buried with Christ and raised with him in our baptisms (Romans 6). The butterflies are significant, too, because on the day of Mom’s memorial service, there was a butterfly circling her grave as we surrounded the hole in the garden. It was on that day – and has continued to be – a powerful reminder to me of Christ’s defeating death even when it seems that death has surely won.

Grief is a process of resurrection, too. At first, grief is overwhelming – it seeps into every crevice of life and surrounds every moment with its heaviness. Eventually, though, we are able to rise above the grief – rise above it to claim the life offered to us (Deuteronomy 30:15) and live the lives we are given to live.

Peace – healing – love -whatever is needed – be upon your day,

K

PS – Here’s an addendum for the day, too.

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