Life - on life's terms
Wednesday, May 04, 2016
Life is good. I just got back from a mini vacation. I had a great time. I enjoyed some great things I love and came home feeling rejuvenated. I have some great little things planned for this summer... concerts, ball games, road trips, family birthdays and outings... lot's to look forward to. Lot's of things I love with people I love - it doesn't get much better than that!
Today, it's a gloomy day. It's raining and gray. I just found out a person I know committed suicide. His family unplugged the life support last night. I am so sad. He left behind a young son and some dear friends who truly were routing for him to rally through this rough patch of life.
Sometimes life is hard. We all go through things that are shattering. We all have times when we feel we just can't go on. We all have our hearts broken. We all walk through dark valleys. We will each experience a time when life will bring us to our knees. I have friends who say God won't give you more than you can handle. At times like this, I know that he does. I believe it is during those times that we are asked to humble ourselves and intercede for help - from family, friends, complete strangers and our God.
I have learned from experience that life can change in an instant. We can go from riding that pink cloud to a dark, black place where we feel we will never escape and see the light again. I also know that the light ALWAYS returns. I have learned when the light returns we emerge a changed person.
I remember days when I couldn't wait for my life to end, when the thought of one more day brought pain and agony. Today I cherish my life and when the end comes, it will be far too soon!
To those struggling, never give up. You are loved more than you will ever know. You are important. You have a purpose. You matter.
So on this gloomy, rainy night I will go meet this man's family as they come to take his body home. I will embrace them, share with them some of the happy times and pray that they will find the strength to hold on until the light returns to their lives.
Feeling extremely sad, but fortunate.