If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
~ Psalm 139:9-10 ~
In my life I have been blessed with truly amazing friends. When I moved from my hometown to a “new” hometown 450 miles away, God introduced me to a loving family filled with an abundance of light and love. You know what I mean when I say that. There are certain people that emanate love, kindness, and sunshine everywhere they go.
We spent a lot of time together when our girls were in Girl Scouts together. Then as you know, time takes over – weeks turn into months, months turn into years – before you actually meet up for that cup of coffee. Thank goodness for Facebook, Instagram and all of the other social media platforms because at least you can keep up with each other’s lives.
Two weeks ago, the youngest of my friend’s daughters passed away from a sudden illness. We were all devastated. This beautiful light who had just started her life and career was gone. Family and friends gathered support for this loving family. No words can ever be said that will replace the shining light that now lives inside each and every one of us.
My girls and I went to the church today to memorialize this gorgeous angel. Her light continues to shine through her parents and sister. Every person she met was touched deep within their own souls by her magnetic personality. This shining, glimmering angel was a girl whose laughter was contagious, whose smile beamed, and whose eyes were mischievously angelic.
I will keep her picture on my desk, not as a shrine to her, but as a reminder to acknowledge all who shine in my world and to keep joy in my heart. Her picture will remind me to find happiness in the smallest of things. Mostly, I will remember to always treasure the lights in my world, so that the light that shines in my heart can shine on others.