….that is the title of a well known grief support seminar series. A well thought out, well researched, well constructed and, most of all, well intentioned series of videos.
From Mourning to Joy…..
Ka -ka…absolute ka-ka.
Sharon was joy.
She was joy in the constant, loving manner she cared about others. Whether she knew them or not!! Near or far from her. Sharon reached out and helped in whatever way she could.
She was joy in the way she constantly appreciated God’s Creation. In the heat of summer as she tossed a stone upon a glassy lake surface and watched the ripples move out in concentric circles. In the increasing chill of autumn as she stooped down to pick up a multi-colored leaf and turn and examine it from all sides. In the dead of the winter, as she made angels (she was one, you know!!) in the snowy front yard. And, of course, in the spring as she delighted several times a day in studying the beginning blooms of daffodils, tulips and other newly flowering flora.
She was joy in the way she zealously read His Word, going over a passage several time in one sitting. Reading the footnotes and other exegesis she could find on the Word. Then, sharing what she had read with others in a delighted, child like exuberance which underscored the deep sincerity of her faith.
She was joy in her daily scouring of the newspaper , item by item, to discover sales, art gallery shows, music events and historic places to visit. Then she would make all the arrangements if any were needed to attend and just “announce”…”Hey, sweetheart!! Guess what we are going to do?”
She was joy when she swam.. Many, many laps were her almost daily routine as she tried to fight off the effects of osteoporosis which was making her bones waste away.
And so I could go on. Biking, hiking, singing in the praise band, reading, painting, crafts and calligraphy.
So many gifts from God. But then, He called her Home. And I am still here but, you see, she took the joy with her!! Yes, she did. And all the grief “counseling” there is or ever will be can not bring that back!!
Maybe the seminar title should have been ”From Mourning to Acceptance” or “From Mourning to Less Gut Wrenching Pain” or “From Mourning to a Dull Ache”
I don’t know. I’ll try and think up some more possibilities. After all, I have all this time now. Don’t I ?