What am I thinking about?
What am I focused on?
I ask these questions when I find myself in a dark place.
When I’m sad.
When I’m stuck in yesterday.
When the list of what I have lost seems way too long.
When my shattered dreams fill my head as the tears drip down my face.
David Glasser, my son, was a Phoenix Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty on May 18, 2016. Those of you who knew him realized that he was unique – he had a high level of integrity and knowledge of what was right and wrong and he also loved people and loved to have fun. My husband and I lived 1 1/2 miles away from Davey so we got to spend a lot of time with him and his family.
And suddenly – without warning – Davey was gone.
Every day, I am reminded of just how much of the light and joy in my life went with him.
On Davey’s birthday, a group of his family and friends visited his spot in the cemetery and released balloons into the sky. This is a very old tradition reaching back to biblical times when incense was burned so it could combine with the prayers of God’s people as they floated up to heaven.
As I remember watching our balloons covered with messages of love rise high into the sky and finally disappear, I realize that this is what I need to do. Look up. And I invite those of who have experienced a huge loss in your life to join me.
I’m going to Look Up –
Look up to see the sun shining on all of my blessings that are still here.
Look up to remember how important messages of love and encouragement are to those of us left behind.
Look up to remember that my prayers – our prayers – go to a God who loves us and who wants the best for us and who can do the impossible.
As 2020 begins, let’s Look Up together to see all the possibilities a brand new year can bring.
Miss you, Davey.