Christmas Eve Reflections
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
I have been thinking about my sister a lot today - she died this past September after a very long battle with breast cancer. I am missing her at this special time of year. She was a truly wonderful person, very kind, caring, and nurturing. I am trying to remember her today with all of the great memories of us together as young girls growing up in Peru, working together at Painters Mill Music Fair as teens, and hanging out even when we were all grown up. She only lived a mile away from where I live so we saw each other often. I am grateful for the time we had together as I learned a lot from her, even though she was younger than me. I wish she was still here.
I am also missing my Dad who died 4 years ago. Holidays just have not quite been the same without him but at least the pain has not been as fresh. I am also grateful for having my father in my life for so many years as he was also a very kindhearted gentle man who loved to sing. I really think about him when we are in church and his voice just isn't there anymore when we sing hymns and tonight, Christmas songs.
Tonight and tomorrow I will be with family members and we will support each other during this bittersweet time. Thank God we have each other. I am remembering that Christmas is about the birth of Jesus and the great gift he is to us. I am going to remember my sister and my Dad today and every day as gifts to us as they enriched our lives.