Monday, March 7, 2011

Au Revoir Denise

(I originally wrote this post for my personal blog on Crane-ium. I had no idea when I composed this particular post that I would be facing the loss of a good friend. Denise Kallstrom, 49, a wonderful woman and fellow Type 1 diabetic, suffered a silent heart attack on February 22nd, the date I wrote this post. Though her body was kept alive on life support, I suspect she actually left us the day of the heart attack. She was pronounced dead on the 25th. It has been a difficult time, and yet, as with all things, there is always hope. And I suspect the message shared below was something I need to remember.)

It's snowing today. This past week we've endured a plethora of snow storms, each one leaving an impressive amount of the fluffy white stuff in its wake. As such, I've heard a lot of complaints about this year's wintry weather. They hate that we have 2-3 feet of snow on the level, in comparison to other places that barely have a skiff, if that. They want spring NOW! And there are days when I agree with that sentiment, like when I'm traveling and the roads are slick.

Some people find this time of year to be depressing. They travel to places where the sun is shining brightly, in the hopes of renewing their spirits. This works for a time. Then, as with all vacations, it's time to come home to the snow.

I sense there is a little analogy hidden in all of this. Winter has always symbolized a state of rest, or in some cultures and religions: death. All that is living hibernates for a time, buried beneath a blanket of white.

Then spring arrives, bringing new life into the world. The snow melts, the flowers bloom, the grass is restored to a shiny green. Spring represents the resurrection of all living things. It is a time we all enjoy as we push aside the knowledge that in a few short months, we will be wading through the snowy season once again.

I suspect this is one of those teaching moments our Father hopes we'll grasp--that we'll reflect on the importance of life, making the most of the time we have in mortal mode. He longs for us to shine forth as the flowers in the spring, until the snowy season arrives when all growth is at rest.

I also believe that He wants us to realize that spring will always follow winter. A restoration of all things will occur when the time is right. Until then, we should look for the beauty of whichever season is currently taking place, appreciating with gratitude all that we've been given.


Stephanie Black said...

A beautiful analogy, Cheri. Thank you.

Cheri J. Crane said...

Thanks, Stephanie. =)