The Water in Our Well

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Life so very often passes by without any real focus on what we have. There is a saying that “you don’t miss the water until the well runs dry.” How very true and so very often this is our experience. This life is fleeting and because of that, we need to deliberately focus on today…this moment and those who walk life’s path with us. We need to focus on and appreciate the “water in our well.”

Permission to Live

In hospice care, it is understood that the patient is going to die. There is time to think, to reconcile, to say goodbye. For the patient, there is time to worry, to wonder if their family will be okay without them. They can actually hold on to life, for a time, with these thoughts. Though death waits, they cling to life.

In hospice work, the most important guidance we gave a family member was to give their loved one permission to die. Release them from the responsibilities of this life by telling them it was okay to go; a hard thing to do, but necessary. As a family member gave their loved one permission to die, without realizing it, they gave themselves permission to live.

Memories

Life is lived without much awareness to the memories that each moment creates. We live, we love, we suffer loss; we grief, we cry, we remember. A memory bear made from your loved ones clothing is always there for you to hold and hug, as you remember. May your memories turn your grief into joy.

Hug Someone

Have you ever thought about our tendencies, those built-in reactions we have to the experiences we encounter each day. If we care for someone, we hug. If we haven’t seen someone in awhile, we hug. When we go through a time of loss, we hug. When we celebrate something joyful, we hug. When we are emotional, we hug. In fact, in every situation, we can find a reason to hug someone. Today, find a reason to hug someone. You’ll both be the better for it.

Life’s Tapestry

“God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT)

The back of a tapestry appears very confusing with threads and knots going in every direction. It seems the time and material have been wasted; there is nothing of sense that the eye can see.

Life can be like the back of a tapestry when there are no clear answers or reasons why things happen as they do. Life, like the tapestry, can seem all knotted up and confusing with nothing for the eye to behold.

“God has made everything beautiful for its own time.” Someday, we will see the front of the tapestry and see the beauty that has been there the whole time.