Friday, August 10, 2007

Reflections On A Funeral

To those of you who emailed me privately and said you were praying for us yesterday, thank you. All I can say is that we felt your prayers and God had His hand on the day. Little things worked that normally wouldn't have-- perhaps the most remarkable is my two year old sitting quietly through the whole service. I actually got to hear the service and not have to carry her out-- which is what happened with my other grandmother's funeral and another child. (Names withheld to protect the innocent.) It was nice to hear this final grandparent's funeral.

The rest of the day was nice, if a funeral can be that. Time to see people I haven't seen in many, many years. Time to be around all my cousins for what could possibly be the very last time we are all in one place. My grandparents were the hub, and without them there is just nothing connecting us all. And so we go back to being scattered across many states with busy, full lives. We all seemed to linger a bit longer in the church fellowship hall, saying our goodbyes and holding onto the moments we had.

After it was over we drove home and fell sound asleep. We were all exhausted-- a combination of emotion and heat, I am sure. Later, we took the kids out for groceries and ice cream, and talked about our future and our own legacy as we drove. What will it look like? Where will it take place? (The house is on the market.) What will our children, and their children, and their children gather and say about us? What memories are we providing? What character are we reflecting? Big questions-- but good ones to ponder. Even better ones to discuss with your spouse.

Yesterday as we left for the funeral, this song came on. And last night, as we drove and talked, I shared a line from it with my husband: I want to leave a legacy, how will they remember me? Did I choose to love? Did I point to You enough? My grandparents did this so well.

Now it's our turn.
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Renee Swope said...

Thank you friend for being so transparent with your life and for leaving a legacy through the power of your everyday life story!

Your encouragement to start a blog has become a place for me to leave a legacy for my kids and for my friends and family who will read it. It's so much like faith booking for me. In fact I am starting to take photos that will make a great blog entry. Hence the Hershey Kiss on my HeBrews Faith Cafe site.

Oh, by the way Dawn finished my design today and it's my all time favorite design, and yours is next :-). She is amazing. Thanks for sharing her with us!!

Can you send me the coding for your P31 speaker "blog roll" so I can add it to my sites? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Legacy was one of the songs my husband and I clung to when the Lord was placing adoption on our hearts. May you be blessed.