"Congrats! It's Official...You're a Senior! Have a Great Year!" ~This was in our mailbox when we got home from our trip...an invitation to visit the campus of Arkansas State University addressed to Hannah Sullivan. These are the kind of little things that are painful sometimes. Things like walking into a restaurant and having to say "three" when they ask "how many". Things like only setting three places at the table, or only folding laundry for three people. This week all the seniors are getting their senior pictures taken at our school, but Hannah won't be there. Seeing all the school supplies showing up in the aisles at Wal-Mart reminds me that we would be getting all geared up for Hannah to start her senior year in a few weeks. She loved getting her school supplies every year...something about those brand new notebooks and those freshly organized binders really appealed to her. Of course, she got that from me...I love that kind of stuff, too...weird, huh? Brad and Bethany have always thought we were a little crazy...but, I digress.
Even as I grieve the fact that Hannah will not get to experience her senior year of high school, I am reminded that what she is experiencing now is SO much better than anything we feel that she may be missing on earth. How can high school compare to Heaven? What a question! So, as the "little things" continue to jab away, I cling to Hebrews 13:14: "For this world is not our home; we are looking forward to our city in Heaven, which is yet to come." God truly is good, all the time!
P.S. Just as a funny side note, we get lots of these college invitations in the mail these days, but someone made a computer error somewhere, and many of them come addressed to "Hannah Skink" instead of "Hannah Sullivan". That always gets a chuckle out of us...she would think that was hilarious!