Making memories that will last forever
“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.” (Revelation 21:4)
Each day is different. Some days are better than others. What we need to remember is that regardless of the twists and turns our days might bring, we can remain confident that Jesus does not fail. I especially needed to trust His promise this day. Why? Because this morning, I woke up to a message from one of my friends telling me her stepson had passed away last night. He was the father of two little boys — 1 and 3 years of age. I am heartbroken for his family.
I didn’t know this young man or his girlfriend, but I’ve heard lots of stories about their wonderful kids. I also know his dad and stepmom and his step brother — all those whose whole world has come crashing down in the last 24 hours. I don’t know the cause of his death. I do know there will be lots of speculation. To me, however, what matters most is the life he left behind. As I looked at Facebook pictures this morning, I could tell a lot about his life. He loved his kids and his girlfriend. They were a sweet little family. The kids look like their dad. Still, from others, I knew that his recent relationship with his dad had been strained. BUT I could also see that they were trying to change this for the better. Happy memories caught on camera can’t be forgotten.
Just over a year ago, an old boyfriend of mine passed away suddenly, just a few weeks shy of his 37th birthday. He left behind two kids. His family still hasn’t recovered. In his case, his kids will never know who their dad was. He had issues growing up, especially with addictions that sadly, he was never able to overcome. I think about his kids often — about our last conversation, and how it centered around him wanting to live a good life that his kids could be proud of.
Two sad examples where the unexpected has changed the course of life for so many people. Unfortunately, we don’t know when our own lives will change. We never know what the future holds for us. But we can make sure we live life to the fullest as our Lord God and Saviour originally intended. We can seek Jesus and His righteousness so that we can live without regrets and questions.
With these thoughts in mind, I am going to make sure the people I love KNOW IT. I’m going to take pictures to remember the happy stuff we do each and every day. I’m going to try to be the best parent I can possibly be, even if that means more time at a hockey rink. I’m going to hold my friends close because we never know when one will unexpectedly slip away.
In all of this, I am discovering that life is short. Far too short to waste this amazing gift called life. So, discover God’s creation and His inhabitants that were made purely for our enjoyment. Ask Him for the peace and joy that only He can give. As for those closest to you, get out there and create memories with your kids, your friends and your family. Make sure they are memories that will hold them (or you) through the tough moments the world throws at us.
My friend’s family changed forever with one simple phone call. This week, this family is in my prayers. I’m asking God to heal their hearts and to keep them close … and to protect each and every one of them with His precious love. He knows their pain.
Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give unto you. Not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled. Neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)