Spread your wings now, and live while you are here

“Yeah when I get where I’m going, there’ll be only happy tears. I will shed the sins and struggles I have carried all these years. And I’ll leave my heart wide open. I will love and have no fear. Yeah when I get here I’m going, don’t cry for me down here.” –When I Get Where I’m Going (Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton) We played this song at my grandfather’s funeral. Whenever I hear it, I think of Grampie Bob. I don’t know all the details of his life, but I do know that it wasn’t an easy life. His step mother was not the kind you’d wish for if you were able to choose, he started working on a farm at the age of 13, became an alcoholic, lost his wife in a car accident when she was only 33 (they had 3 children still at home), and lost his first grandchild when my brother died in a car accident at the age of 24 – just to name a few things. Did my grandfather carry more burdens than he needed to – physically, emotionally and spiritually? Maybe yes, maybe no. His soul did write this life and what lessons he was to learn while he was here. It just seems like a lot when we think of it from our human perspective. We think he shouldn’t have had to go through all of that. ‘One person should not have to experience so much pain.’ But through his pain came great lessons, the opportunity to grow, and the ability to then help others heal and learn. “Sometimes, struggles...

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