I John 3:18

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Thing About Death...

The thing about death is the slow swell inside.
The thing about death is the ache when we recall their voice.
The thing about death is the remembering.
The thing about death is the forgetting.
The thing about death is the tears that burst out when least expected.
The thing about death is the ache.
The thing about death is the inconvenience.
The thing about death is the space they left behind that can never be filled with anything, or anybody else.
The thing about death is the looks we get when others see the hurt in our eyes.
The thing about death is the long nights of wishing they were here, only to fall asleep knowing they are gone.
The thing about death is waking up and remembering yet again...they are still gone.
The thing about death is the look of pity.
The thing about death is the look of denial.
The thing about death is the look of annoyance.
The thing about death is the glare of contempt.
The thing about death is the patronizing so often given.
The thing about death is others being frustrated that we have the audacity to still miss our loved one who is no longer breathing.
The thing about death is the expectation from others.
The thing about death is the expectation from ourselves.
The thing about death is the empty platitudes.
The thing about death is the condescending clich├ęs.
The thing about death is we want our Momma.
The thing about death is we want our Daddy.
The thing about death is we want to hold our child.
The thing about death is we want to laugh with our sibling.
The thing about death is we want to kiss our wife.
The thing about death is we want to hold our husband.
The thing about death is the silence.
The thing about death is that we grieve.
The thing about death is our grief is genuine.
The thing about death is it affects us.
The thing about death is the permanence.
The thing about death is all the could have beens.
The thing about death is the regrets.
The thing about death is it covers everything in our lives.
The thing about death is memory.
The thing about death is the finality.
The thing about death is...


The thing about death is...death.






Surely, if God has given us the immeasurable, unmistakable, vast thing called love...then too, God has given us the immeasurable, unmistakable, vast thing called grief.  They go together.


***Love has no end, nor the grief that holds its hand.***

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