Last weekend our family said our final good-bye to my sister June at a beautiful Celebration of Life service, and Heaven surely welcomed a new angel.
During the ceremony I thought about all the things June and I had shared over the years–long walks and talks, coloring and paper dolls as kids, trading clothes, playing jacks and jumprope and giving each other . . . measles, mumps, chicken pox and scarlet fever!
We survived it all and grew to adulthood, enjoying each other’s children and spouses, holidays and vacations, careers and books, and so much more.
Am I sad? Yes and no. I will miss her every day for the rest of my life, but I am also grateful that she is in the special place God has prepared for her and for all of us.
The day after the memorial I drove to my son’s home and spent the week with him and his wife and also visited good friends in the area (Southern California), with a renewed commitment to life and the opportunities I have while I’m still on earth to love and laugh and to make a difference in the lives of everyone I come in contact with.
June left her legacy and one we are all so grateful for–and I am still in the process of creating mine.
June, dearest, we will meet again before long. Till then, please leave the light on for me!
“People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 13:29)