March 21, 2013
In Times of Grief
My cousin Louise was one of the funniest people I knew. Confident and quick witted, she had us laughing at some of the most awkward times. She had compassion that ran deeper than some may have known. It was obvious that she had a special affection for The Princess.
She would call me out of the blue "just because" or on special occasions to see how we had celebrated. We had several conversations about my 50th birthday clambake. She wanted to know if my blueberry peach cobbler is as good as it sounds. (It is!)
When my Mom passed away she called me several times to check on me. We talked about our moms often and how very hard it was to be without them.
I thought about that tonight when I heard the news that she had passed away.
Her daughter and I have been scheming and planning a trip to Disneyland for a couple of months now. Louise told her that Disney was on her "bucket list" so we coordinated our efforts. Her daughter and I were giddy today as we chatted about the trip, looking forward to going together and excited to see the joy of a family vacation.
As soon as we hung up the phone, she received a call from the housekeeper, Louise had peacefully passed away.
Family is a really big deal.
Loving them while you can is even better.
Tonight I ache for the loss of my cousin. I pray for the comfort of her dear family and thank the Lord that they are an example of love.
Also, I urge you to cherish your connections. Pour love on your families. Repair what is broken and celebrate what is whole. Take time to get together, even if it is just for a meal, value the every day.
We are rejoicing for Louise tonight as she sits at her Savior's feet, most likely singing her favorite hymns and telling those around a joke or two.