Cup of tea, a friend and the dance
We are honored to host today’s post by Ifeoma Samuel. She is a Woman after God’s heart and is happily married to her sweetheart Obiora Samuel. She has written for various online magazines and is an inspirational speaker at various women ministries in South Africa. Ifeoma recently published her new devotional “My 30 Days Journey To a Fulfilled Life,” and she continues to share her faith journey, devotionals and encouragement weekly on her blog Purposeful and Meaningful.
I sat with a cup of hot beverage drink, reminisced on those beautiful memories I had shared with my best friend, my grand father. You see, my siblings and I grew up at my grand parents’ home. It was so fun growing up at their house. Our friendship had grown to become more of friendship and playmates.
I remember how we made coffee and sometimes tea together, walked to church and laughed all the way; my grand father was my best friend.
One of my doting memories was the birthday gifts my grand dad had gotten for all three of his grand children.
“What did you get daddy?” as we fondly called him.
“I am giving you bibles,” he said. “I thought about it and I considered that the best gift I would ever give you would be this.
It was the longest and the last time we spent together.
The following year my best friend, my tea companion, my walk mate was gone. The painful clutches of death had snatched him away.
I cried, wept and my heart ached.
Words may not describe how I felt, you probably can’t grasp the immense pain that was imprinted in my heart.
Have you been there?
Do you still grieve?
Are you finding it difficult to move on?
How much does this story resonate with you?
Oh, how much I simply want to hold on so tightly to the one whom I have loved. The reality is he is gone to be in a far better place.
The only thing we have and can hold are:
The memories of the good times we had,
The legacy they have left behind and
Jesus whom is our comfort and hope.
As in all things, we have choices.
To wallow in grief,
To remain in pain,
To stay mad at God for letting things be the way they are.
On the other hand,
We can choose to live and be alive, not just for ourselves, but for those who still need us here.
We can choose to hold on to beautiful memories that linger in our minds.
We can choose to hold tightly that legacy left behind by those who we have lost.
We can choose to make a difference and leave a legacy too.
We can choose to dance with Jesus all the way, until our day here is done…
11 You turned my wailing into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, ~ Psalm 30:11 (NIV)
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6 thoughts on “Cup of tea, a friend and the dance”
“In my absence, Jesus is the only guarantee you would be ok.” That’s a lightning bolt to the heart! Thank you for your beautiful story today, Ifeoma!
Yes! And what a dear and precious gift—THE BIBLE! God never leaves us. I have felt His prescence so dearly since my father’s suicide, and I love your reminder of choosing hope and joy…The pain and sorrow are real, but our God saves!!!
Ifeoma, I too had one of those kind of grandfathers that had my heart. He was my security and my friend. When God brought him home, I missed him terribly. God sent him back to me in a visitation (some say dream) and he was so real. He stood there smiling in my doorway and I knew God was comforting me by saying, “Look! He’s well and happy. Don’t worry.” My heart began to lift after that night. God is truly a wonderful God. He definitely can turn our mourning into dancing. Blessings!
Hello Carmen, I appreciate the time you took to share your experience. I am glad God holds our hands when we need someone to walk with, He offers His arms and we can feel safe right there in His presence.
God Bless your heart Carmen and continue to dance with the Lord Jesus.
What a great word – “As in all things, we have choices.” We do, don’t we!
So grateful that we can choose to dance with joy!
Thanks for sharing today!
You are right Melanie, and it is in our hands to make the best choices.
Many Blessings to you friend and thanks for joining the dance.
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