The other day, I came across what sounded like a shimmering idea among compassionate women bloggers … **
It reminded me of sending up balloons to heaven, with tiny love notes tucked inside. Of watching we miss you’s, tied with string and winging heart to heart across the sky, somehow releasing tears to light poured out upon all.
I read their first one. A tender, thoughtful word-photo valentine that put personality and dancing eyes to a name that should be anonymous but…sorrowfully… no longer is…
I wasn’t sure how these could be written by those who didn’t know them personally… wondered if they did, somehow. Felt a tinge of maybe it’s too fresh, too soon… but thinking, maybe this is God using a stranger’s arms to embrace those bent in sorrow, with His… and remembering some that came to my family in a not too dissimilar moment (Light*posts – Part Two)…
And… reading that paper-lace heart to Jack... I thought, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could somehow send valentines to people we may not really know, even to those who have gone on… in our recent past or long ago… without time or barrier…without fear of hurting, but only treasure of encouraging they may never have received? Wouldn’t it be breath-catching to think that God could take a valentine from our lips to someone there in heaven to open and hold?
Thoughts laced with how they moved us, made a difference, sparkled joy, wove truth and hope and His glory over us… just in their being here?
Or…even… words of forgiveness… now stretched across the years into His open palms released…
I think of a baby who did not live more than an hour or two, but in those fragile, airy moments was oh so loved…
I remember another who lived long and strong… now flown… yet, ever in my heart.
How in the end…all of our days here are going, like Psalmist flowers in the wind.
And I want to take time to send valentines… if only in thought and prayer.
I find myself wanting to write across time… to novelists of another century and place who opened my heart to new beauty in their stories.
To people who have formed my way of thinking…sent shooting star lights through an indigo sky.
To some I know… some I’ve watched or heard from afar…
And to others who are living, happy or struggling and pondering… those who may just need a prayer to hold in their hands this day. A wink across the miles. A cup of tea held between us.
If you need a nudge of …someone loves you, cares about you, is thinking of you... I send this little valentine to you today.
And over the next few posts… maybe I will share a few of those heart-notes I would send to those who have touched my life over the years… if I could...
Maybe… you will join me with some of your own and link them on your blog or in comments?
If time or space were no barrier… to whom would you send a valentine this day? What would you want to say?
© Pam Depoyan
** And to the women who conceived of a beautiful idea — http://extraordinary-ordinary.net/2013/01/31/the-26valentines-project-for-the-sandy-hook-elementary-26/ — thank you for thinking of it… even if it was just too baby’s breath-fragile to hold the roses of your love in this moment…
Bonnie at FAITH BARISTA