Too Long

Tonight we hosted our Christmas party for our small group. It was a good night.

This day always seems to sneak up on me as I anticipate Christmas every year. In the middle of this joy-filled season comes a day that brought so much grief so many years ago. This year marks 17 years since my oldest sister, Kristen, died. It’s so hard for my mind to wrap around that number. Seventeen years means that she’s been gone longer than she was here.

I cried today. I do every year on this day and a few days in between. I’ll never stop missing her, but I am thankful for the time I got with her. I am thankful for the example she set for me as a little girl, and I am thankful that this day isn’t just about death.

On this day I celebrate that I will see my sister again one day because she knew the Giver of life. She boldly proclaimed His goodness, and I know she is present with Him now.

So as Christmas approaches, I thank God that He loved us enough to send that little baby who became a man who was strong enough to conquer death.




5 thoughts on “Too Long

  1. Hi Amy. We don’t know each other, but I stumbled across your blog and I’m glad I did. I knew your sister Kristen. I worked with her at Bill’s when I was in college at Waldorf. I think of her often as I drive by your childhood home when I go back to Forest City. My brother Seth was in her class I believe. Your sister was a sweet girl…happy, funny and always smiling. I am thankful that I was able to read your words and happy to see pictures of her again. I can see the resemblance between you and her. I have read some of your other posts and watched your video. You are a strong woman. I wish you the best in your journey to have another baby. Your son was beautiful. I will keep you in my thoughts.

    Rhiannon (Zrostlik) Lillquist


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