I'm not sure who comes up with these sayings we pass down from generation to generation, but I'd like to dispel this one tonight. Ignorance for our family was taking on the task of preparing a house to put on the market right before Christmas with no other family members living in it besides me and the cat. Dictionary.com defines bliss as the following:
1. supreme happiness; utter joy or contentment.
Just being honest here, I'm not seeing anything that resembles the state of my soul these past days. Kit, on the other hand, finally found a moment of apparent bliss yesterday, but notice she was not ignorant about it. She purposely snuck behind the tree up against the wall where you couldn't see her from the front and was hidden out of sight.
As I've gotten the house almost ready for human habitation again, I now get to change hats and be chauffeur, nurse, and mother to Matthew tomorrow as he has surgery #2 on his "good" leg in Rome. It's pretty routine for us now and if all goes well, he'll be propped up on somebody's couch by mid-afternoon. Tuesday afternoon will find me heading to the airport to pick up the rest of the family who is flying in for Christmas. I am now starting to get excited since there are beds for them to sleep in and functioning toilets in their proper locations. It's the little things....
As I've worked in the house this week, I've hit a couple of grief bumps along the way because so many things remind me that life hasn't turned out like it was supposed to. After re-reading some in the book "Experiencing Grief", I was reminded again that grief is a journey all of us will travel, but most of us remain ignorant as to what it looks like and how to help those experiencing it. I think all of us know someone in our lives living through grief in some way this season. Take a minute and let them know that you're aware of their pain, that you care, and that the loss matters to you because it matters to them.
For my friends who number too many that have lost children, I'm praying God will hold you tight as you keep putting one foot in front of the other. While things are not as they should be here on earth, may the reality that someday all things will be made right comfort you through this season of hope through Christ.