The evening air invited me to sit and silently reflect as I waited. All around me, life was busy. I knew the delivery truck was on the way. The motorcycle delivery guys were coming and going on either side of me. Even the signage spoke to a week of busy days and the celebration of United Arab Emirates’ 52nd National Day. As I reflected on the busyness and all the whispers in what was before me, the following stand out as I look forward to today.
Difficult endings are seen differently when one celebrates a return and a new beginning. The void created by the absence of those we love changes when they return. The sense of loss, as overwhelming as it can be, is replaced by the understanding that the emotions of the moment are a step towards a celebration of being together. My experience revalidating one writer’s observation; “Now, if their leaving triggered this worldwide coming of non-Jewish outsiders to God’s kingdom, just imagine the effect of their coming back! What a homecoming!” (Romans 11.12)
Seasons are for celebration and living. National Days, holidays of all kinds, and Remembrance Days are invitations to dive deep into the details, to revel in memories past along with the ones being created now. Each is unique, giving us an invitation to live deeply in the spirit that it represents. Life is richer and more complete because of these times. It is in letting the heart of these times infuse our souls that we can carry the best with us in the days ahead.
When I was young, it was hard to see beyond the moment. The lesson of embracing the moment that is without reservation has opened my heart and soul to understanding the past and trusting in the future. With the invitation to live the journey, I discovered that Divinity is taking care of the destinations. In my letting go, I find myself embraced and carried with love, acceptance, and compassion towards a better future. With my release, I found freedom in kindness and caring.