In the wee hours of this morning, I had my first dream about Dad since he died. I am still trying to figure out what it all means and I can’t remember everything that happened. I do know for at least part of it that I saw Dad free of all burdens. Both of us were in the hospital in the hallway but he was in a bed and I was on a stretcher waiting to be processed. He was in this massive king-sized bed which he kept rolling around from one end to the other freely and easily, laughing right out loud. He was so full of joy. I know that we had a long conversation but I don’t remember one word of it unfortunately.
Upon waking, I tried hard to remember anything I could, but alas I could not. My feeling about that particular part of the dream is precious and peaceful. I had a sense that he was unencumbered and loving wherever he was. I also had a feeling that he was telling me whatever I needed to know for what was to come for me. At that point, he was sitting up and his face seemed quite gentle. I returned to the dream a number of times throughout the day. There are lots of complicated parts that I may never understand but it was lovely to see my dad in a dream and know he was at peace. It seems like such a gift.
Today is the feast day of another great man: Saint Maximilian Kolbe who offered his life in Auschwitz so that another prisoner would not be killed. This was a man who knew how to lay down his life for others. I have always thought of my father this way – a man who knew how to work hard to ensure his family was taken care of and provided for. His body paid the price for it. Others reaped the benefits of the generosity of both of these men. May they both rest in peace.
Have you ever had a visit in a dream from a loved one who has died?
Who do you know that has laid down their life for others?
Holy and Mysterious One, you create a veil that is thin enough that we may be visited by those on the Other Side. I thank you for letting me know my loved one is free and at peace. May I emulate his wonderful qualities so that he may continue to shine brightly on this side of the veil. Amen.