Remembering Love

REMEMBERING LOVE

From : A Star In My Hand

By

Diana Creel Elarde

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After it happened, they became known to me as my quiet days. The days when everyone and everything around me moved at a manic speed, but in me lived only the quiet, in distorted time. I watched them all—my sons, their wives, and my grandchildren—flittering around me, first one then another, sometimes several. My life, now at a distance, removed from them, in a new dimension. Grief. Grief had silenced me, took away my purpose, my being. Such grief…beyond what I thought possible.

They fussed over me, brought me items. Food, clothes, things I didn’t want. I didn’t understand why I needed them, why they insisted. I longed for sleep, for sleep next to my lost love, my husband, my friend. Longed for sleep, to finally wake next to him, with him. Sleep so this would all be a dream, the most horrible of dreams.

The days didn’t stop. The sun came out, its rays shining in my kitchen windows. I thought the days should stop. How could they continue to move on? Twenty-four hours, forty-eight hours, a week, a month. Still I waited for him, for a sign, for a touch. Waited in my time, my reality. That which always gave me comfort before now felt foreign. I held the Book, our most cherished Book. But the words could not reach me, heal me. It remained flat, unopened on my lap. What new chapter was I yet to find that would end the awful quiet and bring me peace?

I see the concern in their faces, the faces of my adult fatherless children. Would they lose their mother too? Would they see me slip away, into the land of spirit, far from the Earth that holds them?

The small ones, the ones with eyes like their grandfather, call me back, remind me I am with the living, I am still here. They climb onto my lap, playing with the buttons on my blouse, connecting themselves, connecting me.

I rock them, or maybe I rock me. I sit within their comfort, their smells of life, hiding my tears within the strands of their hair. So little, so wise, knowing what I need, following their angels to provide for me.

I don’t know what day I discovered the scream within. How many days or nights had passed before I heard it? It echoed in my ears. Rebellious. Angry. Defiant. I couldn’t understand why others didn’t hear it. How they could move around me, collectively talking, laughing, and not hear the scream? It seared my soul; it brought to me more anger than I could carry. It stole my breath away. There were times I prayed it would take my life. Then I could follow my love to where he was. But it did not have the power of life, the power of death. It only had my anger. I walked the world through my anger, my scream. So unfair, so not right. Thirty-eight years I had my bliss, my love. Why not now? What was the plan, I asked my God; what was the plan?

When voices come from God, do they come in whispers? Do they come quietly, yet powerful in their message and tones? “This way to life they say,” “This way back to you, to Him.”

I don’t know who brought me our wedding picture. Which small hands passed the picture to me while they all hovered over me.

“Here, this is for you.” I remember the words, not the messenger. I look into the eyes of the young people in the picture—the bride, the groom—so many years ago. The light in their faces, the mission, the dedication to love, to each other, to the world. We never faltered from that. In all the years, our love never faltered

I took the picture that night and held it close, trying to remember how love felt, how it existed around me. I carefully set the picture on the dresser, lighting candles around it. I lay on the bed, our bed, watching the flames dance around the glass, shining light on me, on him. Each glimmer a hope, a prayer. Peace came to me in my meditation, in my quiet. My tired body craved sleep, rest. I rose and blew out the candles, touching the picture, my love, one more time. I returned to our bed and drifted far from the world, drifted in time, in space, in memory of all that had been, on wings, on clouds, in such peace. Blessed restful sleep.

In the morning, my eyes and my mind hazy from such a deep sleep, I looked to the picture, the memorial I had built. Candle light, I saw candle light. No, I thought, how can it be? I recalled my good-nights hours ago, my blowing out of the candles and my final touch to the cherished picture frame. But it was candle light I saw now. I sat up in my bed, clearing my head, my mind. Three candles were lit; they were bright lights still burning around him and me. I sat watching their light, in my quiet and wonder.

I don’t know what love looks like when it passes from this earth to spirit. I certainly don’t know how it feels. Not yet…my journey of grief is in its infant stage. But I now believe the light is bright, it is guided. And it remembers love.

From : A Star In My Hand

By

Diana Creel Elarde

https://www.amazon.com/Star-My-Hand-Diana-Elarde-ebook/dp/B014LTZ79E/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1520731278&sr=8-5&keywords=a+star+in+my+hand&dpID=41SUiWoG6FL&preST=_SY445_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

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The Smallest Light

My mother used to laugh as she called me the smallest light in her life. I would laugh back even though I wasn’t sure what she meant. But the words, as words have a habit of doing, stuck with me and lingered in my memory.

Why the smallest? I questioned. I have heard people refer to being the shiniest light in someone’s life. Certainly around Christmas time we hear about the brightest light in the sky, the star that guided the wise men on their journey to Christ.

But what does the smallest light in the world do? How much value could it have if it is so small?

Years ago I heard a story about a man who got lost in the woods. It was winter time and the ground was covered with snow. As evening came on, so did his dread. Would he die alone on that night, far from everyone he loved, far from the precious home he had created? Fear crept in, slowly at first and then it over took his being. His breathing became raspy and uneven. Footsteps staggered in the snow as he tried to connect with the path home. Within his chest, his heart pounded vibrating its dread throughout his body.

It was by far the bleakest moment of his life.

And, yet he evaluated. He claimed everything came to him during the darkness. Those memories held harsh self-judgment, making him to believe he deserved the fate he was given–to die alone on a cold night. His spirit stripped him of all the false faces he had given himself. The entire pretense of him raw and naked as he acknowledged to the wind, to the oncoming stars, who and what he had been.

He lost time and space and his purpose in such a world. So small, among the tallness of the trees and the openness of the sky, he felt insignificant. Could this one soul truly matter?

Later he would describe it as the smallest light he ever saw. It was like a pinprick in the midnight darkness around him. At first he thought why bother, why try to follow it? A nagging thought persisted; perhaps it had a purpose. It grew to the feeling he was its purpose, it was there for him.

He used tree trunks to steady himself until his steps no longer staggered. His body felt renewed and able to move forward. As he progressed, fear slowly retreated. Hope, he felt hope. Yet it was more than just hope, he felt himself drawn into connection. The light, a beacon to another human spirit.

Methodic steps broke through the crust of the snow, each brought him closer to rescue. A small light guided him back.

If the smallest light in the world can do all of this – do away with fear, give courage to move in the right direction and connect us to our divine human spirit, perhaps it would be better if all of us let our small lights shine.

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Diana Creel Elarde, copyright-2017

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