Today’s post is from Elizabeth’s father, Jeff Herro. He posted this on Facebook December, 7, 2013. His thoughts so poignant, I thought it needed to be on her blog. Welcome Jeff to the blog!
Jeff: In honor of those memories of our youngest daughter, I am re-attaching her birthday video.
Blessings to you and Lisa this season……
I have been out of the country for a time and am now back on US soil. As is often the case, sleep patterns are fooled for a while and the long flights give time for endless reflections and solitude. As I laid in the darkness tonight, and is often the case, I see my little girl, ‘lil bit….I hear her voice, I see her smile…I see her barrel through the front door with kids in tow and yell out “hi pops. ” It is strange, I have such a bad memory nowadays, but can see her so clearly at every age, from little girl to kiddo I taught to ski with her friends to teen to bride and to mommy. We named her Elizabeth. I loved that name for no particular reason. Just thought it was a great name. I wondered if people out there know the origin of the name? Well if you look it up it is like many names biblical in origin. It comes from the Hebrew word Elisheba….meaning “The oath or fullness of God”.
I know with certainty of her belief in God and today,,,,this day,,,,this night – in the darkness that I lie in, I know that she must continue on in a grander place for which her name does justice — living again within the oath or fullness of God.
My ability to see her and feel her so clearly , I like to think is proof of that. This may not seem like much to some, but for a guy that can’t remember where I set my keys down an hour ago or where my billfold is—–it is a very big deal.
For me, clarity of her memory is what I cling to and I am so thankful that as time marches on , that clarity not only remains but sharpens with each passing moment of darkness in which I remain trapped here without her.
My hope for all that have lost loved ones is that they too are given the gift of clarity in memory that I have been given and that it continues to sharpen till we meet again in “the fullness of God”.
My best to all this holiday season.