A big week this week, a big month, the month of March. It always comes in like a lion in my life, regardless of what the weather brings. So many memories of the end of a life, and even with the passage of time, those memories are very vivid. I always dread this month as it approaches. Now, having said all of that, and admitting that, yes, there have been a few "blue" days, I am happy to say that this year is a little less difficult than the last year......and the year before that, etc., etc.
I've perused many video clips and photos, and told several anecdotes pertaining to Roger recently. They bring more joy now than pain. Yes, there are still tears; yes, there are still days of intensely missing his presence; yes, I'd love to talk to him again. But, it is true that time is a healer. More than that, it is very true that GOD is able to heal a hurting heart. I am thankful for the memories of a life with Roger. I am grateful for the legacy he left behind. I am humbled by every story, comment, incident that anyone relates to me regarding him. We have all been blessed by his life, in one way or another. The "ripple effects" of his existence on this earth are more far-reaching than he would have ever believed.
Yesterday, March 10, would have been his birthday. March 17 will mark 6 years since he was promoted to his Heavenly reward. In ways, it seems like it is not possible that it's already been 6 years. In other ways, it feels like he has been "away" for 1000 years. But, as the pastor said while speaking at Roger's funeral: "We will be with him a lot longer than we will be without him." That is a repetitive source of comfort to many people.
Life marches on. We are all doing well. I will also mark 5 years this week of service with the National Marrow Donor Association. I am so honored and blessed to be a part of this organization. I will be taking a trip this week, and have had several opportunities this year to serve. It's something I truly enjoy doing. I am also keeping busy with my volunteer work at the Veranda, although I've missed a few times lately, due to illness, or travel with the courier trips. Please pray for this work. It has the usual "new endeavor" hiccups, coupled with financial needs, but it is such a worthy venture. I can never walk away from a day there without a huge smile on my face. There is never a shortage of laughter and smiles there!
Chelsea is set to go to England the 1st of April on a 3 week mission trip, so I know she would appreciate your prayers as she embarks on that journey. Jordan and Jessica are staying very busy, as well. Isaiah is growing like a weed, and brings so much joy to our lives. He is a precious child!
Thinking about the "ripple effects" of Roger's life makes me also think about what "ripples" I am leaving behind. We all affect others, whether we are aware of it or not. This week, I am going to concentrate on those things I will leave behind when I am gone from this earth. I encourage you to do the same. My goal is to make those around me aware that, no matter what life brings us, we are able to rest in the knowledge that God holds us securely and lovingly
In His Grip!
P.S. - I've posted pictures and videos on my Facebook account, so if you have access, check those out!