Sunday, November 7, 2010

How beautiful ...

(For Shelly, with love)

Dear Ella,
I wish you would have been with me in church today. The choir sang “How Beautiful” and tears pooled in my eyes. My heart fluttered as if it were being carried to heaven by their joyful voices. I caught my breath and reached for your hand, and then I remembered you were working. I hope that when I’m gone, you will find beauty in death, joy in sorrow, hope in despair. That you love with all your heart, even when it’s been broken. And that when you fall, you get back up and when you fail, you try again. Life, Ella, is truly beautiful despite the ugliness that tries to choke it.
Love you bunches and bunches, Grandma


  1. I love Grandma D's letters. They are so full of wisdom and grace. :) Have a wonderful week, Buffy...

  2. Buffy, now I'm crying...this is so beautiful and my favorite Grandma D letter so far. I always try to find God's grace through the ugliness, it is usually disguised and I can't see but grace always comes shining through in it's own time. Thank you for reminding me of that today. Grandma D has a tender, intuitive and loving heart and Ella is very lucky to have her. Thank you for sharing Grandma D's wisdom and letters with us.

  3. Sharon, thanks so much. I think you were the first Grandma D fan. (Smiles)

    Shelly, remember that the light always overcomes the darkness. It’s not always as quickly as we would like and sometimes we feel as though we’re drowning in that sea of despair. But then a hand reaches in to pull us to the surface and, with a deep breath, we fight the undertow that threatens to keep us submerged. Live life my dear friend. And follow that dream of yours. Don’t give up. Good things will happen for you. Of that I am sure.

    Nat, thanks for stopping by.