I felt I had been punched in the stomach.
“What am I supposed to do with this news??”
I knew what I wanted to do. I wanted to cry.
I had just been told a wonderful man in our community suddenly passed away the night prior. The thing is, he wasn’t just any man. He was a friend of my mom’s, a friend of our family’s, a friend of mine. He was Mom’s neighbor, and seemed to look after her after Dad passed away. She respected him, and appreciated his friendship.
As did I.
As I stood in the line tonight at the church I attended growing up, waiting to express my condolences to his family, my thoughts took me back to Thursday and the conversation he and I had. I desire to share the details of it with his family, but he said a couple times how much he missed Mom, and what a wonderful neighbor she was.
I agreed with him on both. I miss her, too. And I’ll miss him.
His death was unexpected. A shock to his family. A shock to our community.
But this is reality, isn’t it? This could happen to any one of us, or to any of our loved ones.
We could be gone in an instant. Our loved ones could leave us unexpectedly.
No one likes to be reminded of death, let alone talk about it. But sometimes, that’s what wakes us up. Why does it take a shock to do so? Why do we wait to put life in perspective until the loss of life happens?
I understand you weren’t with me in that line tonight, and you didn’t experience that punch-in-the-stomach feeling earlier this week. But I will venture to guess you know what I’m talking about. You’ve been there. You understand the preciousness of life.
And yet we forget. We get busy. We have too many things to take care of, and we lose our focus on what’s important.
May we return to what’s important.
May we put life in proper perspective.
May we not take one more day, one more hour, one more moment for granted.
May we voice the words, “I love you,” more often.
May we hug, and live, and laugh like there’s no tomorrow.
May we live with no regrets, and bless others along the way.
Most importantly, may we be ready to meet our Maker, whenever He’s ready to bring us home.
My thoughts are all over the place tonight, but I feel I’m among friends, so I can be transparent with you. Thank you for that.
And where I’m going with this? I guess I really don’t know, except to be prompted to not take life for granted, to live life to the fullest, and to know without a doubt where we’ll be spending eternity.
I’m praying for each of us tonight.
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