This past year, my husband’s sister Olga died. Although she had been sick before, her cancer was in remission – so we all thought. We spent a great Christmas together, our happiest ever perhaps. She went home and did not feel well in January and immediately went to the doctor. Her surgery was on January 30. On March 23, she was gone.
This will be our first Thanksgiving without Olga and we are all bereft. I think of my friend who lost her husband one year ago from this Thursday. I think of another woman who lost her mom, who lived with her and was her best friend. I keep thinking of so many people who face Thanksgiving with an empty chair like ours.
Which is why I have not stopped thinking about this post from the blog A Concord Pastor, by Fr. Austin Fleming. From the post, which is the work of Fr. Fleming:
that those we miss
to those we miss.
who have gone before us.
Help us to trust that one day
we shall be with those we love
when your mercy gathers us together
in the joy of the life you promise us.