Thursday, October 4, 2012

31 Days of Simple, But Beautiful Things - Love in Loss

Simple, But Beautiful Love in Loss

"...clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience." 
Colossians 3:12


As I consider simple, but beautiful things, I am struck by how many there really are. Many of the simple, but beautiful things I’m observing are sparked by something I’ve read about someone else’s experience. And they’ve led to my own recollections of simple, but beautiful moments.

Such is the case with a blog I read the other day. Glynnis Whitwer wrote recently of the sudden passing of her beloved older sister. I tell you, the pain ripped right through me as I imagined the terrible deep forever pain of such a loss. I so love and cherish my sisters. They are my best friends.

Yet, in the midst of all this sadness, loss, shock, Glynnis experienced so much giving. She talks of the love felt, the care expressed, the generosity extended. One family reached out and virtually offered anything they had. “Take our home, our car, our anything that can help ease this devastation,” they seemed to say.

And I was reminded of how in the midst of some of my most painful moments, I had experienced love beyond my imagining. How in the stark piercing reality of tragedy hangs the balance of unexpected abundant blessings.

I was five months pregnant when I lost my two baby girls. My body was unable to contain their bodies, not quite ready, mature enough yet to live outside my womb.

There had been so much well wishing at the news of this “double blessing.” Then so much love gained through unexpected terrible loss. Flowers sent, food delivered, love poured forth, prayers surrounding…from friends, family, even strangers across the globe.

Could I have known the generosity of humankind, the compassionate tears shed for me, the great sea of love expressed…Could I have known this any other way?
So simple, this outpouring of love, but oh so beautiful. Breathtakingly beautiful.

What's your simple, but beautiful moment for today? Ever experience great pain accompanied by astounding love?

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