I’d walked through the cemetery and I stood at the edge turning to leave.
As I did, the backdrop of blue laced with clouds and edged with green trees caught my attention and pulled my footsteps to a stop. I turned more fully around to look at it and take in the contrast.
The day was gorgeous!
I looked at the stones signifying death and a life lived and a story closed, as far as we know it here on earth, and I compared the essence of the living and life in the surroundings of this cemetery.
The green of the grass, the big sky overhead, the beautiful spring/summerish day.
It gave me pause and made me stand there and FEEL.
Almost as if I could close my fingers around the intangible concept we call life and drink it in and savor it.
Life and death don’t always make sense to me. Only a breath separates us. A heartbeat. I stood there for several heartbeats trying to wrap my head around what I was feeling.
Gratitude for the day. Gratitude for life. Gratitude for memories. Gratitude for stories. Gratitude for precious moments.
Maybe even gratitude for the times when life does hurt.
Because even it that, I’m living and feeling and learning.
Gratitude for God. Gratitude TO God.
I’d only just read in Isaiah 44:24 something He’d said. “I am the Lord, who made everything.” He sees. Knows. Feels.
It doesn’t have to make sense to ME, because HE made everything and He is the Giver of Life and the Conqueror over Death.
He is the great Author who penned each story for every person and He knows the beginning and the ending and all the details. All of them.
And Romans gives us these beautiful words ~ “Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? No! In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I AM LOVED BY CHRIST. YOU ARE LOVED BY CHRIST.