Yesterday morning I had to make a trip to my hometown which is about an hour and a half away. Before I left the house, I had my morning coffee while scrolling through facebook. My memory feed came up first and it contained a memory and pictures from 3 years ago of my sister’s funeral. I looked at those pictures and the feelings from that day rushed through me. I remembered every thought, feeling and emotion from that day. There was so much sadness but in between there was our family joined together with love and laughter, sadness and tears. I remembered the way everything was laid out at the service and felt my sister’s presence in each item of rememberance. I could see her hands touching each one of those items as she left her imprint to be passed along.
I finshed my coffee and proceeded to get ready for the trip without any more thought to the symbolism of the day. As I ventured out on the road, something happened. A bald eagle flew over my car, circled back around and flew alongside my car as I drove the highway. He was flying very low so I didn’t have to look up in the sky as it were to see him. He was traveling with me.
My sister had grown spiritually in the environment of the Native American Community. Her beliefs were grounded in the Great spirit and Creator of us all. Although being raised Catholic, she found her home in the Native American Way. She welcomed me and our family to share in her spiritual journey on this path. I accepted with open heart and mind and have found much growth, love and peace along the way.
On that morning, my sister’s spirit visited me as that eagle came in my path for a quick hello. I knew immediately that it was her. I didn’t hesitate to say hi to her as she let me know once again that she is flying with the Great Spirit and she is very near to me always. An incredible comfort and peace, along with excitement came to me at that moment.
When I got to my destination, I visited with my mom and brother and sister-in-law and shared the happenings of the morning. Every one of them knew it was our beloved making a quick, unmistakable appearance and it lifted us all in joy. At this time of year, it seems that out of the blue, friends and family are all having their own eagle sightings. It is clear to us that our spirit guides, our friends and family from our heavenly home are with us always.
I find peace in knowing that our dearly departed haven’t left us at all. I believe they walk with us and give us signs that they are near. I am grateful today for this visit from my sister. It seems that just last week, she visited her daughter and our dear friend in Michigan. She once again comforts us and tells us that we are never alone.