This was a year ago.. .

My whole family together, my mom here and laughing.

When asked who would pray before dinner the other day,
my five year old Sophia niece offered..
Here were her words:

Dear Jesus,
Please help us not to be sad when we remember Grandma.

Perfect words.
A perfect prayer for my whole family.
For child and adult.
And for anyone mourning the loss of a loved one.

Help us to rejoice with them … as they are rejoicing in heaven.
and at the same time, remember all of the happiness we shared with them while they were on earth.

It’s a tall order, one only God can fill.
And with Sophia’s prayer, help us to see how remembering can be used to bring joy and not pain.

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