Friday, December 12, 2014

Remembering Them at Christmastime


A beautiful time of year, December!

Today, the sun shines brightly, the temperature is 43 degrees where I live and the sky is clear and blue. If it weren’t so chilly, one could mistake it for a spring day.

And it’s almost Christmas!

In fact, two weeks from today will be the day after the most special holiday of the year.

“Ah, sweet relief!” some will say.

With all the build-up: shopping, decorating, cooking, and get togethers, a lot of people will welcome getting back to normal. Or whatever they perceive as normal. My grandmother used to say, “Normal is whatever you want it to be.”

I’m still pondering that one.

But I do know this: we still have two weeks to go at this hectic pace so we may as well put on a smile and try to enjoy it. For many, that’s more difficult than for others. Those who lost loved ones during the year are feeling their loss intensely and having trouble facing what is supposed to be a joyous celebration without that person or persons by their side.

Try to remember, your loved ones wouldn’t want your life to stop because theirs did. Life must go on. And while we wait for that wonderful day when we’ll see the people we love again, we never – not for one moment – forget them!

We Remember Them
In the rising of the sun and in its going down,
We remember them.
In the blowing of the winds and in the chill of winter,
We remember them.
In the warmth of the sun and the peace of summer,
We remember them.
In the rustling of leaves and the beauty of autumn,
We remember them.
In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
We remember them.
When we are weary and in need of strength,
We remember them.
When we are lost and sick at heart,
We remember them.
When we have joys we yearn to share,
We remember them.
So long as we live, they, too, shall live,
For they are now a part of us.
As we remember them.
                  ~Simcha Kling



Annabelle said...

Wonderful thoughts Peggy and lovely poem! Thank you.

Jena said...

Beautiful! I love the way you express yourself. I read everything you write.

Jimbob said...

Very nice Peggy!

Anonymous said...

Heartwarming post. Love it.

Drema said...

Very good Peggy. When Ralp went home, in August before Christmas 2 years ago, I wasn't going to put up any decorations, or do anything, but my wise son said "mom you still have family who are here and need you" so I put up my decorations and continued, and Ralph would have like that. Now mom isn't here with us, and oh how she loved Christmas. It is hard, but I know she would say "Drema I want you to do just as always", I'll be here with Jesus and friends watching over all of my family". Merry Christmas until we meet again.

Peggy~ said...

Yes, Drema, I'm sure your mom is smiling down on you from Heaven this Christmas. I can still see her beautiful smile but can only imagine how happy she is in her new home! With much love in my heart, I pray that you and your family will have a beautiful Christmas, as always. Virgie and Ralph will be with you in spirit.