We all go through experiences in life that mold and shape us. These things leave their mark on us – good and bad. Life consistently changes its rhythms. This week alone demonstrates various aspects of life.
A dear friend suffered the lost of her dad. My prayers are with her and her family during this difficult time. When someone you care about loses a loved one you can’t help but remember a time when you experienced the same thing. I lost my dad to cancer eighteen years ago. I watched as my mom and sister struggled to let him go. I think he hung on longer just to give them a little extra time. My dad became a Christian and I knew I would see him again someday. He had been so sick and lost his leg to an infection. It was a difficult time. Passages are a part of life, but it doesn’t make it any easier.
On Saturday five different teens from our church are graduating high school. I remember my children’s graduation as well as my own. It was a time of transition from childhood to young adulthood. You have your whole life ahead of you. It’s a time for many to leave home and begin life on their own for the first time. It’s scary for some and exciting for others. It a special time for parents as they let go and watch their child spread their wings.
In our church a young couple is awaiting the birth of their fourth child. She’ll probably have her baby by Saturday. The birth of child is a special event in every young couple’s life. After waiting for this child for nine months you finally get to look upon his face, hold his hand with your finger, hold him in your arms, count toes and dream of what he will become. No matter how much you prepare for his arrival you just can’t prepare for how such a small person can steal your heart and take your breath away.
Life comes full circle this week - a birth of a child, a graduation into adulthood and a passing of a father. But life is big and these are just moments in time on our journey.
Lord I pray you comfort those who mourn. Bring peace to their hearts and minds. Lord guide the young adults who are embarking on their new adventures. Bless new life and let it arrive smoothly.
© Nadine Z. 2007