I know I said I don’t write sappy posts but…
It’s so easy to get caught up in the daily struggles life brings and forget about all we have to be thankful for. I had a little nudge from God last weekend when we were given tickets to the Children’s Museum for something called Ava Day. I wanted to share the message because it’s really touched me and made me see my day through new eyes.
September 3rd, 2016 Ava would have been 5. But Ava passed away in October 2015 of a very rare bacterial infection. She had been fine the day before, and that morning she didn’t wake up. I can’t imagine losing a child in that way, with no warning, and no way to say goodbye.
So to celebrate her birthday this year Ava’s family and friends decided to ask others to be a lighthouse, an idea that came from one of Ava’s favorite songs, My Lighthouse by Rend Collective. They asked people to spread love and light in the world, like Ava did each day of her life. And they did. If you look up #Avaday you’ll find all the amazing, simple ways that people went out into the world and spread love.
What I love about this idea is that it’s so simple, but so effective. Who wouldn’t feel special if their library fine was anonymously paid, or if they received a bouquet of flowers outside the grocery store from strangers?
I didn’t know Ava, but I think anyone who loves a child can relate to how they are a lighthouse every single day. Walking through the grocery store, how many stranger’s faces smile because of that sweet bundle of trouble you’re wrestling? And how many times does a goofy picture or video make a far away relative laugh? Countless times in a day. So I want to challenge everyone, myself included, to find a way to be a lighthouse this week. And if you can, share it with #Avaday so her family can see the lives that Ava is still touching.
And squeeze your babies, your spouses, your parents, siblings, and friends because every moment we have is a gift.
More about Ava Day and Ava here.