Our hearts are made to love others. I don’t understand that capacity. We meet people and before you know it, those people are no longer separate entities, but a very part of our own lives. That is a heart connection.
This past week I have had to write to two separate friends offering some comfort in a death of someone they held dear. One of the people I only knew in name, the other, I graduated from high school with.
Both deaths were sudden and unexpected. It reminded me that people are here only briefly. Memories are wonderful things to cherish.
The woman I graduated with died while taking out her trash. She had a heart attack and collapsed on the sidewalk beside her trash can. A passing neighbor tried to revive her and couldn’t. Her life was gone. Since I am an admin for the class page on Facebook, I posted the announcement of her passing and then opened up the page for memories of time spent with her. At last count there were over 250 people who saw the announcement and most of them remembered something about her.
I often tease my family and close friends that when I do something stupid or laugh-worthy, I have done it because I want them to remember me with laughter. I want laughter to be a major memory of what I leave behind.
Reading the memories of people the past couple days has only confirmed this thought in me. Every few comments on the Facebook page has mentioned this woman’s laugh. They mention her kindness, and the joy she brought. I didn’t know her well, and I think I may have missed out on some happiness. I know she brought happiness to many. This is a good legacy.
Both of my friends are dealing with grief and sadness. It is hard to see them through this season. I know their hearts are hurting.
When a loved one dies, I do think a part of our heart goes with them. It makes it easier when it is our time to pass, as we will be rejoined with the other parts of our heart and the One who made our heart beat in the first place.
“Don’t let this throw you. You trust God, don’t you? Trust me. There is plenty of room for you in my Father’s home. If that weren’t so, would I have told you that I’m on my way to get a room ready for you? And if I’m on my way to get your room ready, I’ll come back and get you so you can live where I live. And you already know the road I’m taking.” (John 14:1-4. The Message)
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