We have had many blessings in our lives. Our family is healthy and loving and our faith in God is strong and growing stronger every day. We have experienced a few accidents and minor health issues which God has graciously helped us through. Three years ago, we were all shockingly reminded of the temporary and fragile nature of life on earth. A beautiful young lady and member of our extended family was called to take her place in heaven. She was newly married and by all human expectations had a lifetime ahead of her. We were reminded that God has plans for each of us.
As parents and adults, we get comfortable believing that there is a “natural” order to life. We are not supposed to suffer through extended illnesses with our children or bury our children. We expect the order to be reversed. On the occasion as it happened three years ago, we are suddenly reminded that life is a fragile gift from God and that our children are a gift. God places them in our hands for a period of time, to care for them, love them, teach them. We do the best we can. Occasionally we are painfully reminded that this is a temporary situation. Even the Theotokos, Mother of God suffered the loss of her child.
Today I will spend time reflecting on the gifts that I have been granted, including the beautiful family placed in my care. I will pray for those who have lost a child and suffer with broken hearts. I will miss my own father and friends and relatives who have passed before me and pray for their souls. While I mourn for them, I will remind myself that our lives on earth are meant to be temporary and that they are waiting for me to join them some day. I will remember that all of this is also part of “life”.
Then, because it is such a precious gift, I will go on to LIVE! I will enjoy the treasured moments with my beautiful grandchildren. I will probably call numerous friends and relatives and most especially my children who are away, just to hear their voices and say “I Love You!” I will remember to treasure and enjoy these beautiful gifts from God and not take them for granted, even if for just a day. I will smile and laugh and love! Thank you God for the blessings you have given me. I pray that I will live in a way pleasing your Glory!
Wife, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Nurse, Grandmother, Friend...that's me in a nutshell!