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Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4


Life Question: What Happens When We Are Called Home?


I am sorry for my absence these last couple of months. No! I
didn't fall off the face of the earth! My very best and "adopted" sister
Holly(as she often referred to us that way)died September 8th of this year
and I took a bereavement leave so I could have time to take things all in,
absorb them, mourn and adjust to life without her.
She was an extraordinary woman. Though not a church-goer(though she
did attend once with me at my church when I delivered the scripture on
Christmas Eve)she was a very spiritual person. Holly loved the Lord and we
had many and endless conversations about our love and relationship with
him.
She lived as an example of His teachings everyday. She by its very definition was
a free-spirit. She loved all even if some did not love her in return, she accepted
all even if people sat in judgment of her. Holly was a woman who always had a
smile for all she came in contact with, even in her declining health.
What does any of this have to do with the above question?? I'm getting to it!
Keep your pants on!
A couple of months before she passed, her and I were talking about a
visitation she had from her father who died awhile back and how he
come to her and patted her on the head, as if to say, "Hi there! I love you!"
and how that meant so much to her because her and her father weren't
always on good terms.
Holly said to me, "I believe it was my father, I know it was! Because I know
that we have a home with God!" To which I wholeheartedly agreed and
read to her the following poem:

Not The Soul

The time has come to go Home,
The body is gone
Not the soul
Loved ones weep
A part of them had to go,
Only their body,
Not their soul
Laugh,
Talk,
Share memories
In your heart,
They will always be
God has a plan
For when we are called Home
Are bodies are left behind
Not our souls

After reading this passage and crying together, we confirmed for
ourselves that it IS true! We may be separated by distance with our
loved ones, but no one and nothing can stop us from plunking a chair
down in front of us and talking with our loved ones(there's a story of a man doing this with God that was read to us in the church group I belong to) whenever we start to feel that loneliness settling in.....especially around their birthdays or holidays.
We can do this with God too! And no roaming charges to worry about! SOUND CRAZY?? God listens to us when we talk and pray to him, so what makes us think our loved ones aren't listening?? Whether it is God you want to talk to, or your loved
one, grab a chair, sit it across from you and pour out your heart to them both! Your connection with them is always there, because the connection you have with God and our loved ones is LOVE.....and that connection can never be broken.

Blessings,
Liz Ciccone
















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