Thursday, November 22, 2012

25 Days: Grateful for Susan in Our Lives

Thanksgiving Day brings us to day 25 without Susan's earthly presence. Her scent still lingers in her room which brings a certain sense of comfort as I try to sort through her personal belongings and make the hard decisions about what to do with them.

Susan taught us all so many lessons, some from her personal experiences and some from her depth of knowledge and spiritual connections. She made holidays sparkle, it was her favorite time to cook something special, even if just putting it together from whatever we had in the pantry. Like magic, a sumptuous meal appeared!

Gratefulness abounds this year amid the sorrow of not having her sitting at the table or making mashed potatoes. I share my personal gratitude for having her in my life for the season that she was intended to be with me. 

I've always loved the meaning behind this poem and it helps me through this difficult time. I hope all who read here were blessed by Susan's presence in your life as well, for whatever reason she came into it.


People always come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.
When you figure out which it is, you know exactly what to do.

When someone is in your life for a REASON,
It is usually to meet a need you have expressed outwardly or inwardly.
They have come to assist you through a difficulty,
Or to provide you with guidance and support,
To aid you physically, emotionally, or even spiritually.

They may seem like a godsend to you, and they are.
They are there for the reason you need them to be.
Then, without any wrong doing on your part or at an inconvenient time,
This person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.

Sometimes they die. Sometimes they just walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.
What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done.
The prayer you sent up has been answered and it is now time to move on.

When people come into your life for a SEASON,
It is because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn.
They may bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.

They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it! It is real! But, only for a season.
And like Spring turns to Summer and Summer to Fall,
The season eventually ends.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons;
Those things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.
Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person anyway;
And put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas in your life.

It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.
Thank you for being part of my life,
Whether you were a reason, a season or a lifetime.

Author – Unknown


  1. Oh Delilah well said :)
    This is one of my favorite poems as well because it is so true. Susan certainly came into our lives for a reason and for some for a season but I truly believe for others not only for a lifetime but for an eternity. I have no doubt we will meet again!

    I am so very thankful to have had the honor to have her in my life and as a friend. I am also very thankful for having you in my life my friend as you have certainly changed my life over the years.

    I love you both so much and hope you are having a blessed day.

    God bless you Delilah hugs ..... Amy Matthews

  2. As Delilah's sister I will share our two Thanksgiving's with Susan. The first one Susan cooked just about everything on a Thanksgiving menu. We could have fed another country on the left overs. Everything was so very good.

    The second Thanksgiving we had a seafood feast with broiled salmon, clam chowder, oyster soup, crab cakes, cauliflower, creamed spinach and so much more and Susan cooked it all from scratch. It was so very good again.

    Now let me tell you what the kitchen looked like after Hurricane Susan and the whining of the fire alarm finished. Another talent of her's was to stuff the refrigerator with all the left overs. (Like 10 lbs. of sugar in a 5 lb. bag) but she always managed to cram that last thing in there.

    On to Christmas...The sophisticated, big haired lady turned into a little girl with her smile from ear to ear. Handing you gifts she bought, hid and stayed up wrapping all night. Gifts piled up next to you with her anxious for you to open each one. She would laugh like a child. (Same with birthdays). She gave of herself, her heart, her mind, her knowledge to so many and didn't ask for anything in return.

    We love and miss you Susan, but know that you are in that place of forever peace and love. (now quit making the fire alarm go off) it scares Buddy.

    You are loved, J


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