Tonight's post is dedicated to those souls touched our own and have left this earth.
But in many ways she isn't. Her life and even her death changed many of us who knew her. When I am cranky and complaining, I think of her radiant smile and sunny nature. When I catch myself in the mirror while I'm eating, I remember how many pictures I have of her with her mouth full and chewing.
Last night I got stuck trying to write her service. After much useless time trying to get moving, I went to my piano. I've played it maybe once in the last six months. I got out a hymnal and opened it to a song, and began to play:
What Wondrous Love Is This
What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul,
What wondrous love is this, O my soul?
What wondrous love is this, that brings my heart such bliss,
and takes away the pain of my soul, of my soul,
and takes away the pain of my soul.
When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down
When I was sinking down, sinking down,
When I was sinking down, beneath my sorrows ground,
friends to me gathered round, O my soul, O my soul,
friends to me gathered round, O my soul.
To love and to all friends, I will sing, I will sing,
To love and to all friends, I will sing.
To love and to all friends, who pain and sorrow mend,
with thanks unto the end, I will sing, I will sing,
With thanks unto the end, I will sing.
Today's challenge is to remember and honor a life that has passed, in whatever way you see fitting.
In memory of Anne Burton, Jennifer DeVries, Dennis Smothers, William Svoboda, Mark Franklin, and Ansel Reed.
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- Jana Svoboda, LCSW
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