Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Smiles and Tears

It was wonderfully joyful and zany at the 60th anniversary for my folks this week, complete with the 30 or so kazoos playing, " A Bicycle Built for Two." However, our last full day in NY yesterday was not nearly so exultant. We headed to Syracuse with my mother-in-law's, and brother-in-laws ashes to do two memorial services and scattering of the ashes. It was a long day, going from venue to venue, crowd to crowd from 2:00 till we arrived home around 11 pm. There were many somber moments, amid many happy reconnectings with long ago friends, and family. I had been careful not to wear any makeup...not hard since I don't wear makeup, but if I did, I would have been careful....since I knew much of the day would be spent crying.

However, every time I popped open my purse, my little green kazoo winked at me, from its peaceful pocket. I would remember the celebration, the happy sounds that can never be heard without smiling, the love of family, the restorative nature of laughter, and the provision of God to find a way home for all those who travel too early, too early from our side.

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth are passed away; and the sea is no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of the throne saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he shall dwell with them, and they shall be his peoples, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God: and he shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more; neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain, any more: the first things are passed away. And he that sitteth on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he saith, Write: for these words are faithful and true. (Revelation 21:1-5 ASV)

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1 comment:

  1. I think my next desk ornament might just be a kazoo. God bless and see you soon.