This really spoke to me today. Isn’t that so true? Life sometimes is really hard. It is painful and sad, and it can be hard to get out of bed in the morning. But most of the time, we still have to figure out a way to get out of bed and start our day.
Sometimes at least for me, it is good to have some time to have a good cry, grieve and be sad. It helps to feel what I need to feel for a little while, and I can then try to see the good that is there along with the bad.
I am not saying it is easy and often the hurt and pain don’t just fade away. It takes time and often lots of it. Each day, I hope and pray to wake up and find things easier to deal with. Some days are good and some are bad.
Over the weekend, my parents went to funerals or receiving friends for two men who we all have known for years. One was a co-worker of my dad and also of mine. He was 68 years old. The other was a friend from church. He lived to be 90 years old and had an amazing and long life.
Both of these men meant a lot to their friends and families and had great lives. They will be missed. My prayer is that their families and friends can remember all of the wonderful times that they enjoyed and celebrate their lives.
Losing people is always hard but celebrating them and remembering all that they meant to us can help with that hurt. The saying of one day at a time truly applies in the case of losing our loved ones.
Struggles in life can also wear us down. We watched the 10 year anniversary show on Hurricane Katrina last night. It was amazing to see all of the devastation again and the pain and suffering that so many people in numerous states dealt with.
Yet, after time and effort, communities have been rebuilt, homes have been rebuilt, and families have rebuilt. These stories were inspirational and uplifting. Despite all of the heartache, people helped one another and got back on their feet again. That is something to celebrate!
May we always remember to be kind to one another and helpful. May we bear one another’s burdens. May we remember to let our loved ones know how much we do love them. May we remember to dance in the rain. And may we remember to always have hope.
A closing prayer: “Dear Lord as we deal with struggles, please help us to remember that you are always there for comfort and strength. May we also lean on our loved ones and help each other through the challenges of life. And, may we remember that better days are ahead. Amen.”