We have gathered together, what do you think of, when you hear those words? Is it a wedding, yours or some one close? Is it something else, a birthday celebration or a baptism.  It might even be a funeral.  How about we are gathered together to celebrate life? Does it change anything? This isn’t a running down on how, or how we use those words but for me it has struck a chord deep inside of me. I have said before that I am very emotional. At the drop of a hat I can be happy or sad.

We come here small, helpless, and totally in some ones care. Hopefully that some one has given us love from the very start. It is true we may get that way in the later stages of life.  Hopefully then we will still receive that love and care we need.

I went to a funeral today. usually they don’t bother me that much. I didn’t know Lacey all that well but I am good friends with his parents. Lacey was 37 and had Huntington’s Disease. He was a very strong, happy, person that showed every one the simple things of God and life. Like I said, I don’t think it was his passing that made me so emotional today[ I shed a few tears] it was seeing my close friends there and remembering that we were all young, getting married and looking forward in life. Don’t get me wrong, no one was negative and I am trying not to be but we are coming to the stage where weddings of our children and seeing grand children are upon us. All great and wonderful things. But the last time I heard the words “we are here to celebrate life” was at another funeral. I just miss the days of weddings and parties where we all had joy in our hearts and we weren’t together to review old times, but was making those times.

Yes, death is a part of life. It is a reality we all have to deal with. We all have lost close relatives, friends and associates. You would think we could get used to the idea. But for a reason unknown to me, it will always be hard no matter how hard we try to celebrate life, or how many we attend. Maybe God is letting us know that we are fragile beings and life can be very short. That is a very good reason to know Him as Savior and Lord.

Tears are being shed all around but there is a celebration going on too.

We struggle with the reason why, while the one we lost is being told why.

We come to celebrate life or we try hard to do so. But the one we lost is at the table having a feast.

We dress sometimes in dark colors while there is nothing but light where they are.

We go home and feel the loss may not be going away, while they are telling God how we blessed them and the love we gave.

We want the day to set but sleep is hard to do while they receive energy that will last forever.

We go along day by day,our hearts at last feel not so heavy, while they are greeting with happy smiles the next loved ones to enjoy the good news.

Yes, death is a part of life that is true. But life does not have to end but forever it shine.

No, none of this did rhyme but I will try harder next time.