Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Today, the sun shone brightly in the sky, after days of clouds and rain. Today, a young wife with children, ages 3 and 1, laid her pastor husband in the ground. Today, another pastor is still fighting the diagnosis of a brain tumor, which has the possibility of shortening his life, while leaving behind a wife and children, ages 7, 4 and 1.
Another friend was diagnosed with cancer, while another is fighting for her life after her lungs collapsed...each of these women my age.
As I delighted in the spring sun and wept at the losses being reported, I could hear God so softly say, "Celebrate Life".
I should know that. I should be doing that. I shouldn't need to be reminded.
So, in obedience usually overlooked, I rejoiced at the day. I thanked God at our morning meal, "thanks for breath today, thanks for life today... thanks!"
I slowed our pace. I went and bought plants and put seeds in the ground. I hugged my sons and I called my husband.
I prayed for situations, that, without God, would seem so daunting and then I smiled, knowing that God knows what tomorrow holds. We need to enjoy what we are given, and for all of us, that is just TODAY.
Keeping a heart of gratitude will allow me to Celebrate Life! Remembering that, whatever hardship I might be struggling with, I have a Saviour that knows how it will turn out. Resting in that assurance will allow me to Celebrate Life.
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it more abundantly." John 10:10
What have you done today to Celebrate Life?