Dear God, please send Nana back to us. Amen.
Grieving is hard and becomes even more painful when we grieve with our children.
Today my young daughter climbed into bed with something serious on her mind.
"Mommy...yesterday when I was playing outside I found a wishing flower...."
I pulled my sweet 7 year old close to me as I considered what she was about to say.
Although I already knew in my heart was it was she wished for, with a smile I replied, "what did you wish for?"
My beautiful daughter with tears in her eyes said, "I wished that God would send nana back to us."
My heart broke again for the loss of my mom and best friend -- for my precious little girl who regularly expressed what I kept hidden inside -- we held each other and quietly cried together for the wonderful woman who touched our lives in more ways than we ever imagined.
I smiled slightly and said "it just doesn't work that way sweetie....we don't get to have that option. We need to believe in God and hang on to what we know to be true...that we will see nana again someday."
God, send your comforter, bless my home with love and laughter. Give me the strength and comfort my family needs...carry us through as we learn to live without a very important part of our lives. Amen.