A few days ago my wonderful granddaughter reminded me of our time together right after my husband died. She began to sleep with me. It was very comforting for her and for me. We would spend a few moments before sleeping talking about Poppy and how great he was. We would share a few memories and things we were thinking about.
Each morning, as she reminded me, we woke up to a gorgeous sunrise. My bed faces six large windows looking over the lake. The summer sunrises on that lake is a sight to behold. The glory as it beams into your eyes and into your heart is just marvelous. Summertime on the lake is great and summertime sunrises are glorious.
Each morning we would hug each other and pray our morning prayer. We would thank God for sending us such a strong message that He was there for us. We thanked Him for the sunrise. We told Him that we knew it was a new opportunity to be a servant for Him. We praised Him for creating this beautiful world and allowing us to share it.
That was a special time for the two of us. It helped us as we both had to deal with losing our wonderful Poppy. It helped to be able to snuggle close and hold each other. It was comforting to talk about how much we were going to miss him. We soon stopped sleeping together. She needed to get back to her room and get prepared for the school year. I needed to move on and learn to sleep without a sweet person next to me.
Even after returning to “real life”, we still had our sunrises. We were still able to see God’s handiwork as soon as we opened our eyes. The sunrise is God’s way of telling us that he has given us a gift. It is the gift of another day on earth. Another day to be vertical and breathing. Another day for us to take to the task of living and helping others.
Another opportunity to serve Him.
Whether it is a sun filled day or a rainy day, it is a gift. As the sudden loss of my life partner taught me, we are not promised another day. It is a gift to wake up and be alive.
Each day we need to take that gift and do something with it.
It is not given frivolously.
It has meaning.
It has purpose.
It needs to be used.
We need to accomplish something.
After my morning thanks to God for the gift (my mother said to send a thank you note for the gift), I get busy with thinking about my to do list. I always list more than I can accomplish and I always list things in detail. The longer the list and more detailed, the more things I get to cross off. The more things I get to cross off, the better I feel about all that I have accomplished.
Getting up in the morning with a purpose is important. It gives you energy and a reason to tackle life’s issues. I always feel good at night when I can say to God, “Thank you for my gift. I tried hard to use it well”.
One day at a time. Be thankful for the gift of another sunrise. Use the gift wisely. Know you may not get another one. Rejoice with God for the opportunity to live for Him.