While I normally dedicate this blog to DIY projects, I felt compelled to share something personal with you on this New Year’s Eve. On this date in 2007, I lost my brother, Paul, to an accidental overdose. While he didn’t technically pass until January 1, 2008, he was truly gone on the 31st, saved by the paramedic heroes who were able to resuscitate him. Giving us time to say our good-byes and for him to fulfill his final wish as an organ donor.
But honestly, this post isn’t meant to be a downer post. Stick with me here. Shortly after Paul died, I was seeking a “sign” for lack of a better word, to know that he was ok. And I was given one – a small slice of a rainbow in the otherwise gray January sky. Since then, I take those rainbows as a sign from Paul. In the words of my son, Luke – “a rainbow is God’s promise.”
I have seen rainbows (and other “signs”) in the years since Paul passed, but in many cases they have come at times where I needed to see them most. It goes without saying, that seeing this, the day before the 4th anniversary of his death, at the end of December no less, brought me to tears.
This picture really does no justice to the brilliance of this rainbow either. It was such a beautiful burst of color, and lasted just long enough for me to see it.
Until we meet again, Paul. And I know we will – after all, a rainbow is God’s promise.
Crystal @ Ordinary DaysDecember 31, 2011 at 2:18 pm
I saw the picture of the rainbow in my blog roll. I wondered where it was because I was in Ohio yesterday shopping with my family. We saw the most beautiful rainbow!! It was brilliant. My mother in law immediately started talking about God and His promises. I wonder if we were seeing the same one? 🙂 You are in my thoughts and prayers.
marty (A Stroll Thru Life)December 31, 2011 at 3:44 pm
Oh what a precious post. Happy New Year and may the Lord Bless you. Hugs, Marty
DebDecember 31, 2011 at 5:08 pm
So sorry for your loss….God is so faithful to continue to send us His love and comfort in so many meaningful (specific to us) ways!
Stacy CurranJanuary 1, 2012 at 6:08 pm
What a beautiful post! I'm so sorry for your loss,
AndreaJanuary 1, 2012 at 8:41 pm
And reading that brought me to tears. So sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers today.
Mom of 2 Cuties @ Sprinkles of Joy and LaughterJanuary 3, 2012 at 2:55 pm
I love the wisdom of your son! I'll have to share that sweet nugget with my girls. So sorry for your loss as well. Happy New Year
KCJanuary 5, 2012 at 8:24 pm
I rarely comment on posts but this one brought a tear to my eye. It was perfectly written and from here on out everytime I see a rainbow I will remember "God's Promise". Thank you for sharing.