For Chip: He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion. —Unknown

Monday, July 25, 2016

Things Said

I am awe of the way life has twists and turns. There is no explanation for my incredible blessings other than from the “Father”.   I will spend the rest of my life being faithful to God, trying to do the right thing.
 My friend asked what she should do about an unforgivable deed her mother-in-law had done to her when her children were very young.  She wanted to tell the adult children so she could let them know what she had to go through, and that the mother-in-law was such a scoundrel.  As she was telling me the story it was obvious what she had to do.  Never disclose that information to the children.  Nothing is accomplished by hurting a family member. 

Time moved on and the mother-in-law had passed.  It serves no good purpose to taint the image of the grandmother, but rather let the children have positive thoughts about that time in their life. They will be proud of their mother and the way she handled all the obstacles.  As her children have children they will realize what an incredible job their mom did for them.  When someone tells me to just do the right thing the first thing that comes to mind is I'm not Jesus.  But when in doubt ask yourself “what would Jesus do”? Only then will you find the right answer.
Today is Monday, July 25, 2016.  There are 2 days left until the one year anniversary of my mom’s death.  As I drove to work I wondered how I should remember that day.  One of my friend’s remembers the death of her loved one by staying at home all day.  That seemed like a logical thing to do until I thought about my mom’s life.  She loved to go shopping, find a bargain and be active.  I doubt she would approve of feeling sad and depressed on the anniversary of her death. I will remember that she loved life, her neighbors, and her home rather than dwelling on her taking her last breath.  The countdown begins.
Revelations 21:4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”