We are going to conclude our journey during our “Day of Remembrance.”
After departing from beautiful Bedford County, we stopped for a quick bite to eat and started our several-hour trek back east. We had one more planned stopped to make at our second memorial of the day.
As we neared the location of Isaac’s grave, rain began to fall. It had been a mostly cloudy day, with some peaks of sunshine, but this was our first experience of some real precipitation. We pulled into the cemetery and parked beside the headstone. (Isaac is buried beside Brenda’s mom, who died ten years before Isaac was born.) We placed a few items on the stone beside several flowers that had been left by dear family and friends (thank you for remembering :-)).
This is one area where people grieve differently. I don’t think either way is right or wrong, it is just a matter of personal preference, beliefs, etc. For me, most of the time visiting the grave is not a very emotional experience. Isaac’s body is there underground, that same body that we held, hugged, kissed and wrestled with. However, his spirit is alive in Heaven. I can talk to God at anytime and ask Him if, it is His will, to tell Isaac how much I love and miss him. I even sometimes talk directly to Isaac, although I believe that it’s up to the Father if He wants him to hear what I’m saying. Anyway, on this day, we held hands and prayed to God. On behalf of our family, I expressed our sorrow and lack of understanding. I declared our trust in God and hope of reunion someday. And, once again, we asked God for some reassurance.
We left the cemetery and headed towards home (after a brief “rest” stop and to change the “littles” into their pajamas). As we drove north on I-81, I noticed to my left that the sun was peaking through the clouds just as it was setting. The sky had a stunning orange and purple glow (again my camera cannot capture its beauty). Then, just in front and to the right of us, we saw it – a full arching rainbow! Brenda, Isabella and I all tried to take pictures of it while we were moving (OK, I know I wasn’t safe :-)). By the time we were able to pull over, the bow had lost its brilliance. However, we rejoiced in God’s reassurance and reminder of His promise that he made to all the earth:
And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth. (Gen 9:11-17)
We arrived home late and snuggled into bed, exhausted from our day. It was good for us to spend the day exploring together. It helped to occupy our minds from those haunting memories of that day one year ago. We hope that we were able to redeem the time and give a lasting memory to our children.