Beauty for Ashes Part 3

A year ago we sat at her bedside and walked her home. A year ago, we surrounded her frail, fragile, failing self and held vigil. Through tears and midst the comfort of Bible verses and old hymns, we kissed her forehead and smoothed her hair and said goodbye.

And there was another empty chair at the table.

We all experience loss. We all experience the pain of an empty chair at the table. I remember when Dad H passed away… the strangeness of his empty chair and then the oddness of having it filled by another member of the family.

Maybe it’s not the empty chair that reminds you of the loss but a car up on blocks, its restoration left unfinished…or the no longer needed crib where your precious child once slept…or the half of the bed that remains cold now, night after night.

And the loss is profound and the hurt deep as we see the empty chairs and empty tables.

There’s a grief that can’t be spoken.
There’s a pain goes on and on.
Empty chairs at empty tables
Now my friends are dead and gone.

Here they talked of revolution.
Here it was they lit the flame.
Here they sang about `tomorrow’
And tomorrow never came.

From the table in the corner
They could see a world reborn
And they rose with voices ringing
I can hear them now!
The very words that they had sung
Became their last communion
On the lonely barricade at dawn.

Oh my friends, my friends forgive me

That I live and you are gone.
There’s a grief that can’t be spoken.
There’s a pain goes on and on.

Phantom faces at the window.
Phantom shadows on the floor.
Empty chairs at empty tables
Where my friends will meet no more.

Oh my friends, my friends, don’t ask me
What your sacrifice was for
Empty chairs at empty tables
Where my friends will meet no more

My reflections on Les Miserables:

Beauty for Ashes Part 1

Beauty for Ashes Part 2

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