“Joy and pain can co-exist.” –Lois Raby
Her words jumped off the video, right into my heart.
She had lost her husband in a hot air balloon accident when their girls were still young.
Now years later, her daughter was getting married….and her Daddy wasn’t there to witness the great event.
Joy for the wonderful union of her daughter with the man she loved. Pain because of the one that was missing.
The thoughts, the memories, swirl through my mind and touch my heart.
My son has convocation at his school tonight.
He will be honored for all his achievements.
This mama’s heart will be overflowing. So much joy for him, mixed with some sadness for his father who isn’t here to see it.
My son was five when his father died. He was just beginning kindergarten, the autumn we buried his dad.
He was just starting. A sweet and innocent five year old, turning the first pages at school.
Years have come and gone, and he is now a graduating senior, closing this chapter of his life, excited to open the next.
Preparing for this……thrilled for him.
Realizing that joy and pain can and do co-exist.
This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 KJV