In my mind today, I am so thankful. I am so grateful for knowing that this life is a bit part of my eternal life. November is always so hard for us Alleys. We had to say see you on the other side to our free-spirited, beloved son November 24, 2010. This brings me back to gratitude.
I was blessed to spend this November 24th with our son’s gift to our family, his daughters. I thank God for their strong mother who continues on gracefully and makes sure that we get to continue to love him through their precious daughters. Twice a year we celebrate Nick’s birthdays: his Earthly birthday and his heavenly birthday. We do this at our little church. I was gifted this year with explaining to his oldest that every time we celebrate mass he is there. The celebration of the Eucharist brings all of God’s children together Earthly and heavenly. I know he is there.
I am a vivid dreamer. I dream often of heaven. I am usually sitting on a bench and enjoying music. Often my Daddy will surprise me from behind with a big hug. After almost jumping out of my skin, I laugh and lean into that amazing hug. I see others: Nick laughing, Uncle Logan smiling, my two brother-in-laws rocking in chairs cutting up with each other, and lots of people dancing and playing Ole timey gospel music. This is probably because I remember so many Sunday drives with my Daddy and listening to old gospel songs by the great country artists. Sometimes I wake up sad but it always turns to joy. I am sad. I am sad for my family. We still have so much work to do here. The wonderful thing is we have those in heaven that are cheering us on to continue to do the good and keep the faith until our next birthday.
As I looked through all of my wonderful family and friends photos of their gatherings this year, it made my heart happy. It also prompted me to pray for those who have lost loved ones from this Earth. It prompted me also to give you this message: Luke 21:34. Be vigilant in your Earthly life. Stay alert to what really matters most. So many become anxious this time of year worrying about whether they will get the right gifts or enough gifts, get the right photo angles, or impress the “right” people. BALDERDASH! Remember that I am a teacher and I know children. The children you worry so much about getting exactly what they want is futile. Do you really realize what your children really want? They want you. They want your attention. Time spent together and being in the moments with them. I bet you a billion dollars that a child would rather you sit in the floor with them with a $1 toy and play than ANYthing else. If you are able to give them things they want, enjoy them with them. Best gift you could give anyone is your time, especially your children. It won’t be long until we will be on the other side. Give them things that will last and please quit being anxious for goodness sake. God is the ultimate gift of all. His love and peace will endure.
Sarah Anderson Alley
Sal the ANTI-ANXIETY Gal
Quotes of the Day:
Luke 21:34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap.”
Question: Ms. Alley why do students love you?
Me: I do have the best candy jar but seriously I just get to know them and give them my time and undivided attention. I listen. I care. They know the difference.