We will miss you our Sweet Belle…
(Picture taken 13 years ago)
Pondering on mountaintops and valleys this morning, which seems appropriate while enjoying a weekend in the mountains with my special people. As a mom of 5 older children, who have their own busy lives, the moments set aside to just to “be” with each other are very rare. Last night was one of those beautiful and highly treasured moments. We had a great meal together, s’mores around the campfire and loud, fun game time. My mom heart was so full and there was such joy having all my birds back in the nest for a moment.
As the evening came to an end, we got the sad news that our sweet dog, Belle, had passed away. The news was not a surprise because she was 15 and her health had rapidly declined over the last few months. Nevertheless, the moment of fullness was just interrupted by loss. Although Belle pretty much just laid around every day, she was a constant in our lives for the past 15 years. She had been there for so many moments that were a part of who we are.
So here we are aren’t we? In a world full of joy and pain, fullness and loss, births and deaths, celebrations and sadness….mountain tops and valleys.
For me, the pondering always brings me back to the very real TRUTH that as we walk this journey, through the ups and the downs, we NEVER walk it alone. Christ is IN us and because of that wonderful, glorious, mysterious truth…everything is ok. Somehow, He not only turns our mourning into dancing, He even causes us to dance in the mourning. Oh the dancing may not be the twirling of a little girl as she watches her dress dance with her, but the dancing may look more like a long, tender, slow dance as He holds us up, leads the way and whispers His beautiful words of love in our ears.
My hope for you today my friends is this…whether you are on a mountaintop twirling OR you are in a valley, feeling small and overwhelmed…that YOU become aware of the One who is ALWAYS dancing with you? The One who has been your partner before you breathed your first breath and one who will be holding you in His arms as you dance through your last. Oh how He loves us and oh how the awareness of that love changes how we dance!