We spent the last week with family ( or at least the kids and I did, Brett drove up on Sunday after work) taking advantage of our last “4 days off” for Brett’s work before the summer surge hits. It was good. I’m boiling it all up to the celebration of life. My niece turned 3 with a fairy princess party. We honored my good friend Jennifer’s twins ( and she surprised us by honoring OUR twins too!) at the March of Dimes
walk. And Brett and I spread Priscilla’s ashes…
It’s weird, I know, that I say celebrate life when some of what we did was deal with death, but that’s the thing… As Brett and I walked with our baby girls ashes the thing that popped into my head was a line from the song In Christ Alone :
No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath.
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.
We had sung this song on Sunday in church, but I know it came to my mind as a comforting reminder in those moments. There is nothing like facing the finality of death to help one realize how miraculous Life can be! Whether one admits it or not, He is the one who controls our destinies. He is the one who knows us better than we know ourselves. As for my baby girl? As for my niece, my friends, their children, my very own life- they are all in His Hand!
I am grateful for this constant reminder of the miracles-both big and small- that The Lord gives us on a daily basis.
If you are interested, you can read the letter I read out loud to Priscilla when we spread her ashes here.