Grace and Grieving

Breath Of Life

When death speaks, you listen. You take a bow. You take a pause. You stop. You transition. You feel. You feel like never before. Death speaks of a life yet unknown.

We all know death is eminent. Thats a given BUT what we do between the dashes is what makes life worth living ,right?

Indeed, death has taught me how to live. Before our final promotion papers arrive and our expiration date about to be stamped with “well done good and faithful servant”, I have a few rather pensive yet illuminating thoughts I’d like to share with you.

Let’s ponder them together shall we?

Brace yourself to be awakened!

The death of a loved one, a family member or friend often awakens your spirit. That may sound strange but isn’t it the truth? What I’ve found to be true is that another’s death has put my own mortality in check time and again. I don’t like that. Not one single bit but if death has the ability to awaken your spirit, your emotions and feelings that have been, essentially dead, then death is worth being visited.

Death awakens the living or at least it ought to. Having been witness to both my parents deaths and the death of a dear friends husband just a couple months ago has me questioning how I am to live. Here and now. We’re called to live in the present, not the pst nor the future.

When my father took ill and I saw him lose his mobility from limb to limb, something inside me awakened! Same thing happened with my mothers passing. And again, recently with the passing of a few people that I dearly loved.

Just in case you’re wondering, I still shed tears whenever I see pictures of my mother and dad. ..

What I’ve come to realize is this. I had the breath of life and wasn’t fully breathing it all in. I had a limited amount of oxygen ( Life) flowing through my very own veins as I witnessed the oxygen leaving loved ones.

I had dry bones…maybe you have too.

When The Lord asked Ezekiel if these bones can live of course Ezekiel questioned the Lord and said, Sovereign Lord, you alone know. (Ezk.37:3)

Is he challenging his God? Or is the Lord challenging him to believe that life can come out of death?

He further says this.

Ezk.37:8 ~ Then he said to me,” Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!’ This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these dry bones,” I will make breath enter you and you will come to life!

Every experience of death has the propensity to awaken an unfounded life within us if we are able and willing to work through the many stages of grief. That in itself will take a lifetime I know.

But day by day we can take a deeper breath into the life to come.

As we fasten our hearts to mend through grief we can begin to grasp the life giving and awakening grace that your loved one has offered you through their last breath. It is then that our souls are awakened to new kind of living.

Living without them but living anew because of them allows a transformative legacy to live and flow through us!

My prayer for you is that you will live your life “fully alive, with the very breath of life that your loved one graced you along with their promotion papers. May your spirit be awakened by theirs.

Breathe, oh breath of God , now breathe, oh breath of God now breathe ,on your children!🎼

Much love and grace to you my friends,

Cheryl ❤️

2 thoughts on “Breath Of Life”

  1. I haven’t lost a parent but i do not have to know what you are saying. I know how very blessed i am. Even when my mom gets on my nerves away times i check myself and say one day you will be wishing she was and then i regroup. I do not take it for granted at all and thank GOD everyday for having my parents.

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