Saturday, April 2, 2011

A Time for Everything

 "For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:  
a time to be born, and a time to die; 
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;  
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up; 
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;   
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;  
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 
a time to love, and a time to hate;a time for war, and a time for peace."  
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
I suppose there must be a time for everything.  Right now is a time for mourning, for grieving, for crying.  This week I will go to the memorial service for my 18 year old nephew.  How I wish it were not so.  How I wish I could turn back the clock and do.... something.   I have determined to not let a day pass without telling my kids I love them, without taking every opportunity, no matter how seemingly insignificant it may be, to do good to those around me.  Life is fleeting.
In a few weeks, however, we will have a time to "dance", a time for joy,  as we share in the wedding of another nephew, my nephew, Terry!  He and his fiancee will be married Easter weekend. 
Cherish those around you.  Live every moment.  Don't ever dismiss that feeling that you need to do something or say something.  That chance may never come again.  Drink in every moment with those you love.... every time you stand in the kitchen and do dishes and talk, every time you go to the grocery store, every "daily" moment you have.   "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift,  that's why we call it the present." :)

1 comment:

Maureen said...

I am SO sorry for your loss tragic. And thanks for the reminder, can't tell our kids we love them often enough.