Then my oldest son Joshua's 21st birthday was yesterday... It was a wonderful thing to be able to celebrate and spend that time with him reminiscing and just laughing over the different aspects of the past 21 years. We sang happy birthday to him over cake and Honest John's chicken wings. ...And then, I don't know what possessed me or why things pop in my head the way they do...I have a lot of "squirrel" moments...smh...don't mind me...but the words...Happy birthday to you, you live in a zoo popped into my head and out my mouth they came. For some reason, that's all I could remember to the song so I stopped singing, struggling to remember the rest...Josh and Stephen, however, remembered the rest. They finished singing the song for me ...and when the realization of what the song was about hit me, we just laughed and laughed. I thought I was going to die from laughing so much. It was a fun day.
The rollercoaster of emotions, preparations, and celebrations from the past two days makes me think about when Jesus left the disciples....How much they must have grieved to lose Him. He knew they would, so He sent them the Comforter... the Holy Spirit. And He said in John 14:2-3, "My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." We can rejoice because He's gone on to prepare a place and a homecoming celebration for us. We may grieve a little while, but we will not only see Him again, we will see and celebrate with all our loved ones who have gone on before us as well... Amidst all the emotions and preparations through the years, on that day, what a celebration it will be.