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photo: CCO public domain graphic: Martha G. Brady

What do I miss these days?

I can’t begin to tell you.

 

I miss my energy

My sharp memory

My body that doesn’t ache after sitting too long.

 

I miss the years full of passion and excitement,

As well as tears and drama.

Now, I’m weary and tired…and don’t want to be.

 

I miss long time friends…

Some who have gone ahead and are in heaven.

Some who live in places where I have lived before.

Keeping up long distance is difficult at best.

 

I miss being with my children in person.

We live far from 2 of the 3.

Yes, we talk on the phone.

It’s not the same.

 

I miss my dad often.

He died in 1973…suddenly.

Because of illnesses of my mom,

He cared for me as an infant and again as a young child in Bolivia.

His death left a gaping hole in my heart.

 

And now, I miss my husband…the man he was.

Yes, he is still here.

We can still talk and laugh together.         stop

But he is not the same since his stroke last year.

 

I’m learning how to live with this loss that doesn’t look like a loss.

And all around me are people in similar or worse situations.

May GOD have mercy on all of us as we adjust to our various griefs…large and small.

 

 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 

who comforts us in all our affliction,

so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction,
with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.  
II Corinthians 1:3-4

 

PS. In 5 minutes, I can only give one side of the picture. Describing what I miss, gives the gloomy side. There is a rosy side too, but the word for today is “miss” so I had to go there. I don’t want to offend my new friends, my local family or any others. I’m just saying what I miss. I hope you understand. I am very aware of my many, many blessings. I’m just coming to terms with some of the things I miss right now. Paul’s words are very comforting at times like this.

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