Yesterday my ‘second mother’ went home to heaven.  My dear aunt, my mother’s sister, lived next door to the house I grew up in.  We were very close and there is a sadness and heaviness inside of me today.

Now, for the facts, she lived a beautiful and full life and except for the past couple of years, she was active and dynamic.  She left this world at at the age of 94, just had a birthday a couple of weeks ago, although I’m not sure she was aware of it.

Although my heart grieves, I also celebrate because I know where she is and who she is with! 

Today, in addition to my prayers for her and our family, I pray in a special way for those who don’t believe.  How shattering events like these must be for those who don’t have faith.

Without faith:

There is sadness…..and no joy

There is despair…and no hope

There is death….and no eternal life.

On this Second Sunday of Advent, dear Lord, shine your light in the hearts of the unbelievers.