It has been an interesting few weeks since my last blog post. I have had some visits with family members, friends and with fellow clergy. The main topic being "letting go and moving on" and celebrating the life of.... which ever person we were talking about - but on several occasions it was about Dad.
I was the primary caregiver for Dad like the "About" page says. Dad is who I have shared the stories about. Dad has been with the "Boss" (his description: "I have been in ministry for over 50 years and I will finally meet the Boss) for nine years this month. Dad was fully prepared - meditating on Psalm 100 "Come into His courts with praise and thanksgiving" on the day he died. We definitely celebrated Dad's life and we KNOW Dad is with the "Boss" in heaven. We, the whole family, believe in the Communion of the saints and know we will see our loved ones again.
So.... I have struggled with continuing to share the stories. Do I need to "let him go"? In the last week, or so, I have come to realize if the stories help other people laugh (instead of starting to scream) they are worth sharing. Dad would enjoy the laughter and want to help with the sharing and laughing.
So...... Notice the little things - like the RED trees. Dad loved the red trees!! Then...maybe... at least smile even if you don't laugh.