I think about you every day, all the time.
I wonder what you would be like now that you'd be 7-
would you play football? want to join in lacrosse? master the Karate Kata with Max and Charley? Would you still let your sisters paint your toenails and dress you up in crazy clothes?
I contemplate how many books a day you'd be reading to answer your endless questions and if you would play the piano. I ponder what questions you'd ask me today-I miss your questions SO very much.
Questions that often revealed the beauty of God's world and hidden treasures of your unwavering faith.
Do you remember asking me to read I Love You Stinky Face over and over and over again? Do you remember begging me to voice Grover in The Monster at the End of this Book?
Do you remember how much I love you?
But, in my mommy heart, I know that you would hate to see me sad all the time and it broke your little heart to see Mommy cry. While I can't promise you that I won't cry, I can promise you that I will try to find joy everywhere I look today, even as my heart is breaking because you're not here to share it with me. We will eat your favorite treats, blow bubbles, fly kites, bury our toes in the sand, watch the waves break on the shore and imagine you're laughing as they knock you over-I'll close my eyes and let the sun shine on my face and feel the wind caress my cheek, knowing that you are in the wind and a part of the brilliance of the light that fills my day. And for just a moment, I'll feel your hands on my face, turning me to look into your wide eyes and I'll hear you whisper it again-
I love you, mama.
It's my turn with the questions, buddy.
Do you have a body there?
Do you ask Jesus questions all the time or do those questions not matter anymore?
What's it like to worship Jesus all the time? Is it even possible to put that into words?
What's it like to never shed a tear or know sadness?
Does Heaven have memories?
In my heart of hearts, I know you are glorified, exuberant and best of all-SAFE in the arms of our Savior. And I know you'd never want to come back. I know it's selfish of me to wish that you were still here-but my heart shattered into an infinite number of pieces the day you and Mercy ran home to Jesus. I don't think that my heart will ever recover, but I will trust in the Lord to find beauty, grace, peace, purpose and joy in the time I have left in this much less than perfect place until the moment I get to hold you in my arms again, feel your soft hand in mine and hear you whisper-
I love you, Mama.
I love you, my sweet, stinky face, superhero Sammy. Happy Birthday.
"What do you want me to do for you?"
"Lord, I want to see," he replied.
Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight, your faith has healed you."
Sweet Jesus-give me eyes to SEE the beauty and wonder still left in this world.
Precious Father, grant me a heart to know and to give compassion and grace.
Holy Spirit, indwell my spirit and soul to seek your enveloping presence to walk this path in faith and in confidence of things unseen.
be my eyes to SEE, my ears to HEAR and my voice to SPEAK-
of Your works, Your goodness, and Your LOVE.