What a day to reflect on life and its amazing power to surprise us with the extraordinary and the unexpected. Today marks the 4th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the storm that ravaged my beloved home of Louisiana. I was heated all those years ago by the lack of urgency from our federal government. How many lives were simply washed away when that levee broke? Today would’ve been Michael Jackson’s 51st birthday. He’s gone too. I’ve paid attention to how the media honors and not honors certain people. While our loved ones are here time almost seems to be trapped as if held by a dam. Lord, I always wonder why time seems to fly when our loved ones leave us. Maybe it’s because we think we’ll get more chances to say words that matter.
Lord has my becoming more like you intensified my grief? I seem to grieve a lot nowadays for people I’ve never met. I wonder about how all these families famous or not are doing. When the tears come in the midnight hour I wonder how they are. Because long after the camera is turned off and the sympathetic well wishers go home comes the unavoidable silence. You know that eerie silence that comes when a loved one transitions to the next life. I still feel a deep longing for the brother I lost and the father I have no memories of. I do hope and pray that any family suffering a loss is being comforted tonight. I am! I’m still comforted by you Lord and your angels over the loss of my loved ones. I’m still comforted as I strive towards my preordained destiny. Embrace those who mourn this night and thank you in advance. The peace you give us all tonight ensures a better tomorrow.
Amazed by your grace!