This morning has been a little shaky for me. I don’t feel sad, overall, but keep bursting into tears at random moments. The past several months have brought great loss and devastation to many people in my life – some close, some not as much – but each circumstance has brought with it sadness, mingled with gratitude. While in my own “desert season,” I have been allowed to still see that I am blessed. There are no words to express the sadness I feel for those who have lost so very much.
Today I will be attending the memorial service of an old friend, one I haven’t seen in several years. (Life has a tendency to separate, doesn’t it??) At the same time, I am praying for a friend from high school who will bury his precious newborn. While there is pain, there is also joy in celebrating a life – no matter how much time we are given here, we each contribute to the greater picture and plan of God for each and every one of us. If there is one thing I have learned recently, it’s how connected we really are.
Never underestimate the value you hold, or the significance you have in this life. Your words, actions and love today can impact people for years to come. Sow seeds of faith and love, grace and compassion. Leave a legacy that will last. And allow others to bless you in the same manner. Tomorrow is never promised, so live well today.