A guest post from an anonymous contributor:
Meg Menzies. A name I have never heard before that fateful day in January...and one that I have not been able to get out of my mind since then. I have tried to keep up with the MegsMiles group and, while I read all of the posts every day, my brain starts to get overwhelmed by trying to keep track of the names and life stories that go with them, and so I tend to be more of a "lurker" than a participator.
Back in January, while reading about Meg and her story, I was taken aback by the number of similarities that I saw. She, a wife and Mom of three kids, a Christian, a wife of a police officer, living in a town called "Hanover", a runner, and having her family's life forever changed because of the actions of a person who should not have been behind the wheel of a car that morning. Me, a wife and mother of three kids, a Christian, living in a different state but also in a town called "Hanover", a runner, the daughter of a police officer who was struck by a drunk driver when I was a kid. While my father survived his injuries, our lives were forever changed because of the actions of that driver. Life was never the same as it was before that day.
So many people in this group have amazing, tangible stories of how their lives have been forever changed because of Meg. While I have nothing tangible to show in mine...yet...hearing her story and how she has affected so many people has given me a desire to leave some kind of legacy for my children and the hope that, in some small way, I can make a mark on this world before I am called home. Meg has touched the hearts of so many and for that we are all thankful. I want to also say how thankful I am to Scott and Mrs. Cross and the entire Menzies/Cross families. In their time of grief, when they had every right to ask for privacy and for people to leave them alone as they grieved, they have opened their hearts and lives to people that they had never even known before that day. They are living through a year of "firsts" without their precious Meg and, yet, they have allowed our group to grieve with them and have offered words of encouragement and healing to many members of the MegsMiles Supporters. What a testimony of Christian love.
Like Doris from an earlier post, I feel like I really don't deserve to comment on this Advent Calendar but I just kept feeling that I needed to share my thoughts. While I know I will never impact the world the way that Meg has, her legacy has awakened the desire in me to do "something" - I just need to figure out what that "something" is. Thank you to all of you who pay it forward and keep Meg's legacy going. Thank you to Meg's family for beautiful acts of kindness that you show to this group every single day. And thank you, Meg, for stirring something in my soul and giving me a desire to do more.
May you all be blessed this Christmas season!
Has your life been impacted by the death of Meg Menzies. Please share your story.
Since January, thousands of lives have been impacted by the death of Meg Menzies. Many of us have been overwhelmed with sadness. But many of us have also found love and hope and encouragement at a time we needed it most. As we've learned more about who Meg was and accepted the call to share her legacy with the world, the stories of our lives have been forever changed. And we've seen lives around us change.
If your life has been impacted by Meg's death, I invite you to share your story at the link below. It's my hope our stories will bring comfort and maybe an occasional smile to the Menzies and Cross families who greatly miss Meg, especially so over this holiday season.
Submit your story here.