FAREWELLS AND NEW BEGINNINGS!
WELCOME to the new Look of Sonshine Celebrations!!!!! From the beginning of this blog, I have LOVED the Look of it, and how it reflected who I am, and my Love of God. But we’ve been evolving over the past year- both the blog and myself. So now it’s time to say Farewell to my first blog Look, and to CELEBRATE New Beginnings with our new Look! (And it is SOOOOOOO ME! Colors and PINK sparkles everywhere!)
A CHANGE TO SOMETHING NEW
At first look, it’s so different- maybe even somber some with the dark background. But through the darkness, the words and pictures seem more brilliant! Kind of like when we go through rough, dark times but through them God’s Light and mercy shine forth even brighter and more noticeable.
I also LOVE the colors!!! Of the little drawing of me, of the links, and of the BEAUTIFUL PINK sparkles! If you read this blog on a computer, you will see them around the edges of black. That’s how I feel God around me; even in the darkest of times, He is there- full of Light and Love and Color. You may not see the pink if you view this on your phone, though. Sorry. But trust me- it’s there! (Check it out on a computer if you don’t believe me!) Just like how new experiences may seem dark and overwhelming, yet God’s already there, waiting to SURPRISE and overwhelm you with His Love and provision if you know where to look! (Thank you, God!)
I’m also VERY HAPPY with the drawing of me Celebrating God and His gifts! I am so Blessed to have been able to share God’s Love with you in the past year, and I AM SO EXCITED as we move forward into new, uncharted territory! (For me, that is- not God. He already knows what’s up ahead, and HE’S PRETTY EXCITED ABOUT IT!)
I hope this new Look will prove easier to navigate and explore all we have to offer. Feel free to comment or contact me with any thoughts or suggestions. So please CELEBRATE with me- both the original Sonshine Celebrations, but also this new, BEAUTIFUL, exciting Adventure we are on! New posts are made each Friday. PLEASE like us on Sonshine Celebrations Facebook for updates, and FEEL FREE TO SHARE with your Friends who may need some encouragement of their own!
This date and this topic are actually PERFECT for what I wanted to write about today!
Some of you know that it has only been in the past few years that people close to me have died. I’ve had to learn how to deal with grief and Farewells, as well as the changes of New Beginnings. Some nights, I wake up crying, overwhelmed by grief. Other times I just BASK in the Love I have shared, and remember our times together.
Part of my Farewells have involved Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos, and All Soul’s Day. I am of Hispanic descent, and recently began learning about the Celebrations for the Dead. I also saw the movie, “Book of Life,” which is a GLORIOUS image of Celebrating those who have gone on ahead. The picnics in the cemetary with candles and decorations remind me that our Loved Ones are never fully gone if we remember them.
Death is not our enemy- just the next step as we begin the rest of our Life in Heaven with Christ. We don’t know exactly what it will be like, but we do know and TRUST GOD that it will be DIVINE! Just like in “Book of Life”– all Joyous and Colorful and Magnificent because we will be with our God and Loved Ones FOREVER!!! (And “All You Can Eat Churros!!!!”)
That’s why you see people dressed up in skeleton costumes, and all the cute little images of skeletons going about everyday stuff like dancing and making music. (I Love this picture of the skeleton baking because it makes me think of my Mama, and remember that she will be whole and herself again in Heaven, and I will join her there.) It’s because our lives DO GO ON once we die- we’re just not sure about the specifics.
DEATH IS JUST ANOTHER NEW BEGINNING
I write this now to hopefully bring some comfort to those who are grieving. I want to encourage you to mourn as you need to, but also remember that for those of us Living, and those who have gone ahead in Death, it is only the Beginning. But YES, we do miss them SO MUCH! It’s an ache inside.
This year, I plan to dress up and participate in a Day of the Dead Celebration as well as attend the All Soul’s Day service at church. I want to let the grief out, and mourn with others, knowing that it’s okay, and they understand, and I am not alone. But I also want to CELEBRATE! I want to Celebrate my Loved Ones, the people they were and the lives they touched, but also Celebrate that our time together is not ended. It’s just changed at the moment, but we will be reunited!
How you mourn and Celebrate will be different from everyone else. Accept that . Give yourself that time to remember, to cry, to Celebrate, and to heal. When my adopted Grandfather died, I watched “The Wizard of Oz” with my family, because we had always gone to his house to see it growing up BECAUSE HE HAD A COLOR TV! It was a nice way to remember his Love, and let him go.
This year, I also attended a Lantern Festival. (Like from “Tangled.” If you get the chance, GO!!!! It is AMAZING!) I decorated my lantern with images of my departed Loved Ones. When I released it into the air to join all the other Lanterns flying away in the night sky, it was like I released them to God, as if all the Lights were Souls winging their way to where God was waiting with His arms wide open to welcome them Home to Him. It was BEAUTIFUL!!!!
Life is filled with Farewells and New Beginnings. Everything from changing the Look of a blog to changing jobs or relationships, medical limitations or Hopes dashed. Just like when we grieve for those who have died, it is a time to mourn, to allow ourselves to feel the loss of what is gone. But it is also a time of New Beginnings. God has some amazing stuff waiting up ahead for us! In Mexico, the marigold flower is used to honor the dead because it represents Life and Hope, like the Light from the Sun- God’s Light.
Are you mourning for someone or something that you have lost? I pray that God wraps you in His arms and gives you comfort. While it may seem as if all Hope is lost, please know that there is Light and Color beyond the darkness. Accept that you need time to grieve but also try to look at that glimmer of New Beginnings up ahead. And maybe go buy yourself some marigolds to remind you that there is Hope and New Life in Christ.
P. S. PLEASE go check out the following links! There are WONDERFUL images of Hope amidst grief. Vaya con Dios– Go With God.
Dia de los Muertos Wreath, Cooking Mama and Dancing Skeleton pictures found on Pinterest
Cemetary Celebration from “The Book of Life” movie
Beautiful Dia de los Muertos Woman from sincerelyjules on instagram
Marigolds of Hope image from brit.co
A Wonderful, Unorthodox Celebration from article in seattletimes.com