Reflections are more than random shapes and forms. They are a reminder of who we were, of who we are now and the person we hope to become in the future. They remind us of the places we’d been, of people who’d been a part of our life and of celebrated events that we’ll never forget. They help us connect and feel close with love ones we badly missed because they are no longer with us in this lifetime.
One of our worst fears is losing a family member. No amount of preparation and mental conditioning can prepare us to actual moment when it finally happens. It may be an inevitable cycle of life but it is one hard, painful cycle of life.
Two of my brother-in laws lost a parent just several days a part. One lost his dad and the other his mom. Both of them together with their families are currently mourning in the Philippines. I wish there is something I could say to ease their pain, grief and longing but I know there is none. All I can do is to let them know that we are here for them and that they are in our thoughts and prayers. That we are praying for eternal peace and happiness for their departed love ones. That finally they are home in God’s kingdom in heaven.
My brother-in-law spoke from the heart when he wrote,
“Mama, you lived a full life. Rest now in the bosom of our Father. In this life,you have fought the good fight of faith and left us a legacy of love and fear of the Lord. We are truly thankful for the security and comfort you and papa had provided us through your sacrifices and hard work. I hope that someday I could also leave that same legacy you left behind for my children to follow. We love you, mama and your apos misses you a lot. Soar high! Thanks Ma, kiss Papa for us.”
The day he heard the news that his dad passed away, my other brother-in-law wrote this in his Facebook page in loving memory of his dad before her flew back to his hometown thousand of miles away to say goodbye for the last time.
The Lord hath giveth, the Lord hath taketh away, Blessed be the name of the Lord! Today on the Feast Day of St. Joseph, The Patron Saint of our family, Our Lord God took my Dad away… away from the pains, illnesses and sufferings of this world. We love you Daddy, you are the Best Dad one could ever wish to have! May you find Rest in the Mansion God has prepared for you. We will miss you!
Reflections are a way to keep alive the memories of the people most dear to us. Though we can no longer physically embrace them, we can see them lovingly smiling at us in every familiar reflection, assuring us that they will always be alive and present in our hearts and memories.
I hope to dedicate this post in memory of the departed parents of my brother-in laws and to every love one no longer in our midst. Their legacy lives on to each and every one of us…always.
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