Have you ever watched a sunset? I mean seriously watched the sun get lower and lower on the horizon and then slip below it? You might think the sky would suddenly turn dark when that happens — but it doesn’t. The after effects of the sun continue to linger, keeping the sky bright.
As I watched this phenomenon while on vacation, I was reminded of my sisters. After the death of my older sister to breast cancer, my dad saw two rockets give off a beautiful bright light as they sped out of Earth’s atmosphere. He said he felt God telling him that although He took Sharon, her afterglow would burn brighter than her short 32 years.
We’ve seen that come to fruition in the lives of her children and now four grandchildren she never got to meet, as well as in others who were touched by her life. And that glow will undoubtedly continue.
When my younger sister Gayle was diagnosed with breast cancer, my dad remembered he had seen two rockets. Gayle’s radiance is still shining brightly, too, in her children and in others she impacted in her 34 years.
That made me wonder what kind of afterglow I’m leaving. Am I making a difference for good? I sure hope so. I know there are times I can do better. Perhaps each sunset I see from now on will remind me to do my best and to give my all in all circumstances. Because I want to leave a bright afterglow, too.
Christian, wife, mother of 5, breast cancer survivor, marathon finisher, writer and editor, author of "Help! I'm a Science Project"