A Beautiful Day for a BBQ
4th Annual Family Reunion
This year approximately 120 people, consisting of families who have lost loved ones and Silverado associates, gathered together at Southwell Park in Old Town Spring, Texas for food, fellowship, and fun activities.
The day was perfect. There were many reunions and some bitter sweet memories expressed, but there was joy on all faces. There were basketball shootouts, horse petting, and a great playground for the kids.
Sabra Egbert, Silverado Volunteer Manager, along with her husband, Ken and Jerry Evenson grilled hamburgers for all! Admissions RN, John Taglienti, played guitar and Spiritual Care Counselor, Greg Brown, lead the inspiration.
With this year's theme, "Time in a Bottle", in mind, we spent our second year making sand creations in memory of loved ones. While everyone was working on their creations, several butterflies landed on people's shoulders. Have you ever heard the saying "butterflies are the heaven sent kisses from an angel"?
As you can imagine, the butterflies joining us was well received, creating meaningful memories of the day for many!
Slowly, and with some ambivalence, I will begin to experience the new in my life.
Spirituality in its broadest sense is, quite simply, a way of life that reveals an awareness of the sacred and a relationship with the Holy One in the midst of our human frailty, brokenness and limitations.
--Edward C. Sellner
To be faced with the loss of a loved one is to be engaged—or reengaged more intensely—with the experience of the spiritual. Questions of our loved one’s survival, of our own relationship to the spiritual world, of our possible communion with the dead now or after our own death—all come to us with new urgency. Surely if we can summon an awareness of the Holy One as a loving, caring reality, we shall be miles ahead! We can bear the uncertainty of answers to our questions if we feel that the One who is in charge cares for us all, grieves with us when we are sad, and wills our good. This has been the yearning, and the confidence, of believers through the ages. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen,” said the apostle Paul in the Letter to the Hebrews. These things are no less real for being “not seen.”
--In the midst of my brokenness, O Holy One, may I be made newly aware of you.
"We are real friends now because we have been able to share some painful experiences in our private lives..."