Celebrating in the Midst of Sorrow
by Michael S. Tyrrell
June 22, 2021
Happy Tuesday, Wholetonians; and Happy Belated Father’s Day to all of you dads out there!
For my wife Lillian and me, this past week has had some very deep sorrow with the passing of our beloved dog and companion, Zivah. We have also received devastating news with the sudden passing of a close friend, as well as continuing family health issues, and the ongoing day-to-day things that seem to fall into the “Murphy’s Law” category.
But this has also been a week of great rejoicing and celebrating. We had a couple of family birthdays, including that of our adorable little nephew, who just turned one year old. There were also visits from close friends and family, as well as Father’s Day celebrations.
So as strange as it may sound, it was a week full of sorrow and celebration.
These two can co-exist and I, for one, am so grateful for that. I am grateful to have some joy and celebration in the midst of agonizing pain. It brings relief, takes our focus off of the grief and gives us pause and cause to acknowledge and be thankful for every blessing that may have been overshadowed by the sorrow of loss.
We are surrounded daily by the miraculous, but sometimes (many times) we need to be reminded of the miracles and blessings weaved into our daily lives that we so easily overlook.
Every breath we take, every heartbeat is a miracle. I do not remind my lungs to breathe or my heart to beat. Thank God these functions are not dependent on my reminders. That is a blessing!
We have a network of friends and family who love and support us, and who sacrifice their time and often their resources to make themselves available to us. That kind of love is selfless and miraculous.
I look out my window and see lush green grass and trees. I hear birds chirping and singing or the rhythmic sound of rain tapping against the window. The sights and sounds of life, of God’s beautiful creation, and the privilege we have to participate in and experience His artistry is miraculous!
“He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.” ~ Job 5:9
I also want to thank you for giving me another reason to be grateful. Our Wholetonian friends are a blessing, and I would be remiss to not include you in my list of blessings and miracles that are before us and all around us.
I want to encourage you to take inventory of all the blessings and miracles in your life. We all suffer loss and sorrow in this life and we grieve, but it’s possible–and necessary–to celebrate life’s joys in the midst of it. What a sweet reprieve it is to smile or laugh in celebration of God’s many gifts to us.
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:…a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance…” ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1,4
I’m grateful that these moments can overlap.
Bless you, my friends. See you soon. Until then…
Michael S. Tyrrell
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