His chest felt like it was sinking, untethered to anything, so too did his broken heart. Tears flowed in unfettered streams down his cheeks wetting his shirt. Sunlight glistened like tendrils of silver flecks within each drop. As for his heart… It was bereft of the only love it ever knew.
The ashes are all that’s left
Of the woman I loved so dear.
These callused hands once held her close
While these lips whispered in her ear.
Now, I say, I love you.
I will repeat those words every day.
And in my mind, I still hear your reply
Because, it was always that way.
She held his hand tight against her tear-sodden cheek. He was no longer able to give her comfort. The joy he brought to her had been magical. In those final days, hours, minutes she watched the sparkle in his eyes, those eyes that completely captured her heart the moment she first saw them, slowly begin to fade before they closed for the last time.
Convulsions heaved in and out of her chest as she struggled to understand why. “Why him, Lord? Why not me? I begged you and you left me here! You left me here to live without my precious, precious child! He was only a child! Why? Why do you let cancer take our children?” Her pleas went unanswered and tested her resolve in her love of Christ.
This wound would eventually heal, as much as it could, and her path would lead her to help others in the same situation. She gave what she could to others and her heart, while still broken, was mended. Her faith turned out to be her greatest strength. She knew that her guardian angel had a tiny set of wings, but he had a set of wings, and this was her new comfort.