I’m reminded a lot lately that life, in this time and place, with our loved ones is limited. When someone we love passes I feel their Spirit stays with us in the memories we replay, again and again, in our minds. We feel their presence in ordinary moments of our days and the love we shared lasts forever within our hearts. When they are snatched away in the blink of an eye, it just doesn’t seem fair!
I’m compelled to stop and take notice because in a just a short time I’ve witnessed a wife lose her husband within a few days of taking ill, a mother lose her 22-year-old daughter overnight without warning, a friend lose their partner to a sudden heart attack, a family lose their patriarch to the onset of an unforgiving disease. My heart aches for them, it just doesn’t seem fair!
My heart aches for me too, since I’m in the middle of “this” in my own life, supporting my husband and mother in their daily battle against Cancer. Feeling as if any day now the shoe will drop, and I will lose one of them. We were living healthy blessed lives and in a few months “poof” it’s gone! The fight has consumed our family in one short year. It just doesn’t seem fair!
This leads me to the title of my blog. I’ve always felt that when a loved one passes they are still, somehow, close by. Celtic Spirituality crystalized my intuition in the concept of “Thin Places” where we believe they ARE close, just on the other side of the veil, not far from those they left on the other side.
When we take time to be still and sit with an open heart, we can feel their presence. They send messages with the birds & butterflies, in the sunset and sunrises, in the silence of the forest, in the noise of crashing ocean waves…messages… if we are open & aware we will receive. Their messages bring comfort when we are mourning, direction when we are lost and companionship when we are feeling alone. They are with us, in the thin place, we just need to let them in.
Cherish every moment with the ones you love! Remember you can never say, "I love you" enough...because knowing we are loved it the greatest gift we can share in this life and beyond! I offer this message in loving memory of you my dearest daddio!
Celtic Way Executive Director
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