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Sunday, January 1, 2012

There Is ALWAYS Someone Else

Today I learned that a friend of mine lost her beloved boyfriend. He died suddenly and unexpectedly of a heart attack on December twenty eighth. I was shocked when she walked into the church crying, I asked her what was wrong and she told me; "Les died." This particular woman has been a single mom for as long as I have known her. She after many, many years of being a single mom finally finds a wonderful man to date and was head over heals in love with him and he dies suddenly. It makes me think.... there is always someone else in your life that has it harder than you. There is always someone else that is facing a more trying time than you. ALWAYS!

Today is the first day of the New Year. A BRAND NEW YEAR! I am reminded today of all days, that despite whatever petty things I had to endure in 2011 they cannot even compare to what my friend has to go through by losing the love of her life at the start of this New Year. I must never forget what grief feels like. When I lost my dad to cancer... grief flooded my heart and soul like a river. It made me more sensitive to life and how vunerable it is, and how we only have one life here on earth to live. How every day brings us closer to death. How there is no guarantee for any of us that we will be here tomorrow. These realities made me see life for what it was. Precious, priceless and limited. The taste of grief is bitter but very important. It opens up our taste buds of life and makes us more sensitive to the sweetness when it comes our way. It makes this scripture come to life for me;

"Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him."
Psalm 34:8

We can taste the salt in our tears, the bitterness of grief and pain... and we can also taste and see that GOD IS GOOD. His goodness cleans our pallets after we have to taste the bitter moments we sometimes have to taste. He is good and I know He will comfort my friend in her loss the way he comforted me when I lost my dad. There is always someone else. Pray for those someone else's. They could be standing right next to you this very moment. Perhaps your prayer or words can be the something sweet they need right now to see that He is good.


BARBIE said...

I am so very sorry to hear about your friend losing her boy friend. That is so hard. We just cannot understand when these things happen. But He is still good. And yes, there is always someone else going through harder times than me. Thank you for this reminder.

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