Dates are everything to a lot of people. Our life is a calendar of events! We have our birthdays, the date on the calendar from our first date with our first love, the date when we graduated, got married (or divorced), and so many other moments trapped in time. It’s like a calendar is a diary of sorts.
Coming from a large family, I managed to formulate a way to remember dates. So many birthdays and anniversaries of the “normal” dates. Fun fact: only two of our ten family members have a birthday in the same month, and we are twins! I don’t know why I find that fascinating, but I do. But now, I have added so many “anniversaries” that came with losing someone, it’s getting hard to know if I am happy or sad each time one of these dates pop up! I didn’t know I would have so many that included a death date.
I don’t want to be sad every time an “anniversary” pops up. It is still a time to celebrate a life, but it is hard to celebrate knowing they are not here. “Death dates” just kill me! Again, I know we should celebrate the life, but it is like they leave us all over again.
Every date is a reminder of what we have to look forward to, where we have been, and the wonderful memories of life! As the anniversary of lost loved ones show up on a calendar, I challenge those who are missing their loved one to say a prayer. Thank the Lord for the time we were given and pray for our ability to remember all the good moments they left us with. Pray for those who are still suffering a loss, that good memories will sustain them as well.
Enjoy the memories and never forget the date: of birth, of marriage, of a lesson learned, and of the date we have them forever in your heart. If you are like me, you cry because they are gone, but you smile because they were here!!
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