GLEANINGS from Claudia: Grief – Sweetbitter

“I have seen the burden God has laid on men. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
Ecclesiastes 3:10-12

Life is achingly sweet today
Outside … perfection
Sunshine and breezes gentle
Windchimes speak soft songs
Beloved ones taste new love
Or return to old patterns
And name me Grandma again
It is good … so good
But tears mark me
As I miss you so much

It tastes like Autumn’s fruit
Impossibly juicy sweet
Abundant to excess
Built on last year’s end
Annual beginnings, endings
Life, death
Love, loss
Seemingly forever

My tongue is wise
Knowing from past tastes
That Autumn’s fruit is short lived … but not
It comes again an Autumn away

Under and over and around the change
Eternity wombs time until, fully formed
Time crowns forever

Bittersweet … no … sweetbitter
Full pregnant time
Longs for eternity
Perfection, completion, restoration, redemption
Thy Kingdom come

But today is achingly sweet

“Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account.”  Ecclesiastes 3:15


About Gleanings from Claudia

I am a wife, mother, grandmother,sister, and friend newly introduced to grief as I lost my 32 year old daughter in an auto accident in December 2010. I am a follower of Jesus and am journeying through grief while abiding in Christ.
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