Sunday, June 30, 2013

Just Fly, Fly, Dragonfly

We saw a dragonfly.  Not just any one dragonfly but  a soft swarm of bright bluish/purple fliers.  Meisyn is instinctively terrified of bugs.  Her reaction to the dragonflies was at first fear and repulsion.  As we grew quiet sitting along the bank of the lake, Meisyn began to allow the dancing creatures to flit around her hands.  Caden found one lying still in the grass,  bent and broken, dead. 
Meisyn’s heart was fuller with compassion than with fear and she asked to touch it while I held it in the palm of my hand.  She traced its intricate wings and bowed head with her quivering finger.  She expressed her sadness that the dragonfly was without its family.  She worried if it was scared and lonely.  We talked how all creatures return to heaven, go back to the loving God that gave them life. It would find her family.  She expressed her relief that the dragonfly was free and could once again fly.  She envied those dragonflies.  More than anything, Meisyn desires to fly. 

Perhaps you have seen a Mormon structure with spires that rise towards heaven. It’s not a church.  It is more.  It is a temple.  Within the temple covenants are made to bind families together for eternity.  Not just for this earth life are we bound together, but forever. 
On June 29, 2013, Meisyn and Jaeya were sealed to our family for eternity.  There dressed in the symbolic white of heaven and purity they exercised what they so often sing in their Sunday classes
“I love to see the temple. I'll go inside someday.  I'll cov'nant with my Father; I'll promise to obey. For the temple is a holy place, Where we are sealed together. As a child of God, I've learned this truth: A fam'ly is forever.” 


What takes place in a temple is sacred and tender.  We were warmly welcomed by escorts in white who cheerfully told us they had been expecting us.  None of us were ever alone.  We were told what would happen at each new step.  In the sealing room siblings grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins were together and together we were all able to symbolicly look into forever. “there are the temple mirrors—one mirror on this side, one mirror on that side. Together the temple mirrors reflect back and forth images that stretch seemingly into eternity.
Temple mirrors of eternity remind us that each human being has “divine nature and destiny”; that “sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally”; and that, growing together in love and faithfulness, we can give children roots and wings.”  Elder Gerritt Gong

I share this because it was a tremendous and touching teaching moment.  Inside that room, together as a family, we discussed forever.  We discussed death.  Meisyn could visualize “forever” in the reflection of herself and her family in those mirrors.  We spoke of the feeling of safely, love, beauty, and peace that was within that room.  She asked many questions, comparing those feelings to what she might feel in heaven.  Meisyn felt peace.  She understood she would be met at the other side of death’s door by kind escorts who would also be expecting her.  She will be surrounded by all inclusive love and acceptance.  She will have left behind her broken and bent body, but will take with her the love, experiences and memories she had made while in that body. She understood she will  rise like the dragonfly.  She will soar freely in the spiritual realms. SHE WILL FLY.

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