Life has many paths. We follow those paths as we conceive them and are led. Sometimes, we have bad hair or bad haircut days. At those moments, we feel that life has thrown us a curve ball. Yet, we know that is not the only concern we have.
I entitled this blog "weighty matters" because we are saying goodbye to my sister-in-law forever tomorrow. It is important to embrace life while we have it and to let our loved ones and friends know
just what they mean to us.
The last call that I had with her was a discussion about her health on Christmas Eve 2021. I prayed for her strength during that call. What I did not do was say that I loved her. We always tossed comments around that we knew we loved each other.
She was hospitalized for a couple of weeks and was getting better according to the MD contact that my brother-in-law had last Saturday, January 8, 2022. Then, Sunday morning her vital signs dropped during the early morning and within a couple of hours, she was gone.
As a nurse, I have seen life change quickly. I have been affected by the rapidity that things occur.
Yet, I know that promised are never made. However, we still want more time.
So, as we start this new year - be intentional in each conversation and every interaction: leave your mark of joy, encouragement, uplifting ideology, correction with compassion, instruction, teaching moments and yes, the "I care about you and your progress" tone. Why? We do not know when the last, final interaction will be.
Whatever was separating us becomes inconsequential. Whatever made us mad, angry, aggravated, frustrated or tired of the person washes away when the news strikes our ears that they are gone.
"Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life," Philippians 4:6-7, Message Bible.
Live life to the fullest. Get the ice cream cone! Walk with a loved one or friend. Go to the park.
Go sledding, if you live in an area with snow. Take a moment to see a movie (assure COVID precautions are in-place) or watch "On Demand". Do not let the busyness of life rob the
beauty of the present.
I learned that the age of the person does not matter. We want them to stay longer. We can ask a question: "Are we being selfish?" Probably. Settle in your heart to handle "weighty matters" on a
Calls to Action:
Settle "weighty matters" daily.
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