Without Regret

fall-leavesSo often, it is heard that the death was not expected. A sudden attack, an accident, etc. can bring a death unexpected into our lives. We are taken by surprise. We are numb.

Up to this point, life had been lived without thought of change, without though of death. Life was as it should be and when the sun comes up each morning; life will continue to be as it should be. Then, one morning, the sun doesn’t shine and life changes.

Our life is fragile. What we have one moment can be gone the next. Then it is too late and, often, we are left with regret. It is vital for us to live our lives knowing it can all change in the blink of an eye. Live each moment intentionally, without regret.

Early Morning Light

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“…whither thou goest , I will go ; and where thou lodgest , I will lodge : thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest , will I die , and there will I be buried…” (Ruth 1: 16-17)

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The early morning light brings a new day, but it will be a day without you; a day that I will make it through as I did the day before. I did not intend to travel alone, but here I am, alone with your memory. The rain today will hide my tears…or is it my tears that make me think it’s raining. Walk with me, once more, in the back roads of my mind…I will always love you.

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Children and Pink Flamingos

The children were presenting a skit at the church about salvation. They were using pink flamingos as their characters for the setting was in Florida.

The children explained that when you are “born again” there is an invisible notice stamped on your forehead that reads, “return to sender.” I listened as the children explained the gift and permanence of salvation as they spoke through pink flamingos. I was hearing it in their simple, child-like way.

I smiled, remembering that Jesus said, “Unless you become as little children you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.” Jesus knows that many will miss Him because they look for Him with the mind and eyes of an adult.

I think, all too often, the intellectual mind of an adult miss Jesus. We need to hear and see Jesus from the heart and eyes of a child in simple, child-like faith. Some children with pink flamingos said that return to sender is stamped on the foreheads of believers and with child-like faith, I believe them.

The Greatest Loss

DSC01326 - CopyIt is said that the greatest loss is never to have loved. You could avoid the pain of saying goodbye by never saying hello. You could avoid the pain that comes with loving someone, perhaps. You could exist without really living.

Loving someone…a spouse, a parent, a son or daughter…makes our life complete. Together, there is laughter, tears and belonging…completeness. It is hard to say goodbye when the time comes, but just think what you would have missed by never having said hello. Cherish the memories of loving someone.

A Keepsake for the Ages

Evy Bears 1When the phone rings and a voice says that they would like to request some memory bears, I know that someone has lost a loved one, that someone is grieving. I listen as they tell me what they would like and who they have lost. We talk about the clothing they would like to use and who the bears are for.

Each call is personal. Each family is someone that I can help by taking their loved ones clothing and creating bears that will have more meaning for them than even they can imagine at the time. The bears will be there for them to “hold and hug.” They will be there for the generations to come, a keepsake for the ages.