Marilyn and her entire family gathered on November 6 to celebrate the life of Marilyn’s mother, Eleanor. Marilyn’s daughter was there with their one-month-old daughter, Anna. It meant a lot to Marilyn to have the whole family present as it is no small feat. Marilyn, herself, has nine children.
After the funeral, the priest came up to Marilyn and asked if there was anything he could do to help their family. Marilyn thought it would be really special to have Anna baptized so the following day, Anna was baptized with all the family gathered.
“It went from a grieving situation to a joyful celebration each having its own special event,” said Marilyn. “God allowed us, in all His goodness, to provide us with that faith, hope, and love to see the happiness for both my mother’s soul and Anna’s as each event brought closure and a new beginning through each ritual. It was such a special time for us as it brought together a deep feeling of God and our faith in the road of life’s journey.”
Marilyn shared how she has seen God work in her life countless times.
“I believe it was God’s working in all His splendor to bring our faith in a direction of joy during our grief. God works in mysterious ways, His wonders to behold,” said Marilyn.
Below are questions for your own personal reflection and prayer. If you'd like, free free to respond to a question in the comments so others can benefit from your faith journey.
How have you experienced joy during a difficult situation?
Gathering as a family to celebrate the life of Marilyn's mother brought her comfort. When celebrating the life of a loved one who has passed away, what has brought you comfort?