Imprints

Recently I had a conversation with a woman from church (let’s call her Jane) where I was told a story about a person (we’ll call her Alice) who had passed away a number of years ago.  Jane told me about the hardships Alice had dealt with in life, the strength in living, how Alice lost love, found love and then received a blood transfusion in the 1970‘s that carried a disease that would eventually end her life prematurely.  Jane shared how she sat with Alice one Christmas Eve, quietly, sharing the last few precious moments of life.  As Alice’s life was ending many were celebrating the birth of Christ.  In this moment Alice softly, peacefully began to sing in German, “Silent night, holy night.”  Alice peacefully passed away the next morning, Christmas Day, the day our Lord was born.  It is a remembrance of the resurrection that out of death, comes life.

As she spoke Jane placed her hand to her heart and said with with closed eyes, “She left an imprint on my heart.”

Throughout our lives people leave their imprint on our hearts and our souls.  Take a moment to think about who these people are and why they made an impression.  Now take a moment to think about the imprint you leave on others.  I’ve found that it is generally not the big ostentatious moments that leave the deepest prints.  Often it is in the quietness of a hug, a smile, sitting in silence without having to talk, or listening to a German rendition of Silent Night, Holy Night on a death bed.

Jesus reminds us that, “Just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”  –Matthew 25:40

Please, share your stories, comments, thoughts, and experiences of how someone has left their imprint on you or how you have imprinted someone else.  Because, P.S. There’s More to share.

8 thoughts on “Imprints

  1. My grandpa leaves an imprint on me by trying to make me the best that I can be, but the most important thing is to be a good person.

  2. My dear, sweet Troy left an imprint on my life by making me feel wanted, and loved, and important, even on the days when it didn’t seem like the rest of the world felt I was. By his belief in me, he taught me to believe in myself, and for that, I will be forever grateful.

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