Thursday, April 14, 2011

Birthdays

Last Sunday was my brother's, the seventeenth he didn't live to celebrate.  He would have been forty-five...and bald by now.

We never talk on this day, we three that were left to huddle in our grief that terrible day.  Instead we let the day pass, ignore what -- who -- is missing, still trying to move on, even now.

Then God redeems the day.

Two from our next generation celebrate birth into the body of Christ.  Baptismal waters run and wash clean the family death stain from this day.

Fresh tears flow, too.  For the future, for eternal life, for the distance, our absence one from another, and for God's redeeming, even of our days.


Happy Birthday, Daryn and Natalie:   nieces -- Jeff's and mine.  And now our sisters in the family that matters most and transcends this life and its death.

4 comments:

  1. What a lovely way for the Lord to redeem the day .... it gives me hope to look for ways He will redeem other sad memorials in my own life.

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  2. Redemption stories are the very best. Hugs to you ...

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  3. Hugs from me, too, Dawn -- and celebrating new life in Him...with you and yours.

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  4. I first felt the sadness - then the joy. The nieces - what a beautiful moment - and the way you phrased it - family that matters - Amen - just amen. God Bless and keep you and all of yours. I really hearted this!!

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