|Jonah enjoying his birthday cake!|
I am trying to figure out how to get through the next week intact. Jonah's second birthday is quickly approaching and I don't know how it will feel to experience July 14th without him in my arms. It scares me. I don't want to descend into sadness, but I know it will be a difficult day. How could it not be? I can already feel the heartache swirling inside of me. I don't know if I want to be with people, or if I would rather be alone. Should I have a party, or slip away with Jordan into the wilderness? I've never done this before, and Pinterest is no help for this kind of thing.
As I've thought about what I want, one idea has surfaced again and again.
I want you...my friends, my family, people I've never met who read my rambling words, to do something good on Jonah's birthday.
I want you to give him, and our little heartbroken family, a gift. On Saturday, July 14th, do something kind. Reach out to someone in need. Tell someone you love them. Buy your mom flowers. Pay for someone's groceries. Whatever you feel moved to do. Keep it simple, and be generous with your heart and spirit. Think about people who need to feel loved and then act accordingly. You can work anonymously or share Jonah's story. Tell those you serve about Jonah's beautiful and giving spirit.
I'm giving you some time to think about this, but it doesn't need to be planned. Act on those quiet generous feelings that you have within you. I would love to hear what you do! I think hearing about pure love being multiplied across the world in Jonah's memory will carry light into a difficult day. So send me a message, or call me, or let me know on Facebook.
I too will try to think of an adequate gift I can give my sweet boy on his special day.
For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethern, ye have done it unto me. Matthew 25:35-40