Husband and Father

Husband and Father
July 15, 1958 ~ August 25, 2008

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas at the Cemetery

The Christmas season is such a happy, spiritual time of year. It is filled with shopping for loved ones; many parties with family and friends; traditions; and of course the most important part, remembering the birth of our Savior. As we experience these special times, grief seems to peak for me. It is a time when I am especially sensitive to the loss of my husband. I have a difficult time keeping my emotions in check.

This year I began a new tradition at the cemetery. We set up a wreath at Steve's grave-site to honor him. Each child brought an ornament that in someway reminded him/her of their dad and hung it on the wreath. Some were ordinary ornaments with simple meanings, others were more complex, with profound messages. Whether simple or complex, each was unique and special to the individual.

I have posted this poem before, but always love to be reminded of it at Christmastime.
I'm Spending Christmas in Heaven This Year

I see the countless Christmas trees around the world below
With tiny light, like heaven's stars reflecting on the snow.

The sight is so spectacular, please wipe away a tear
For I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

I hear the many Christmas songs that people hold so dear
But earthly music can't compare with the Christmas choir up here.

I know how much you miss me, for I feel your breaking heart...
But through your memories so dear, we're never far apart.

I can't tell you of the splendor or the peace here in this place
Can you just imagine Christmas with our Savior face-to-face?

I'll ask Him to light your spirit as I tell Him of your love
So then pray for one another as you life your eyes above..

Please let your heart be joyful & let your spirits sing
For I'm spending Christmas in heaven, & I'm walking with our King.


A Forever Family said...

Hi Special Friend,
What a wonderful and beautiful new Christmas tradition your family has started. What a great way to honor and show love to your husband and their Daddy.
I wanted to wish you and your family a very special Christmas this year. I know that I am not the only one trying to swallow and hold back tears of sorrow during this Holiday season.
I hope that you and your family will feel the Love of Lord above, and that he will sooth your aching and longing hearts.
I pray for that glorious day to come quickly, not only for my family but for many others as well.
Merry Christmas.
Love A Sister in Christ,
Tanya Mathison