Saturday, September 12, 2009
This morning my husband said to me "Lori, guess who's name is in the paper today?"
I got nervous because he was reading the obituaries. "Adeline" he said and my heart dropped. Adeline was a close friend of my mother-in-law, whom my husband has known since birth and I have known for 34 years. We have been saying to each other for the past 6 months - "We have to go to visit Adeline." We never got there. How sad it is that we let our lives get in the way of our relationships - with PEOPLE that mean a lot to us. We let our jobs take precedence, our vacations, our THINGS! Adeline was a dear friend and we let her down. Regrets - I don't like to have them, especially when they involve people.
My initial reaction was to exclaim "Next Sunday, we're going to visit your aunt!" His aunt is in her 80"s and lives on Long Island. Yes, it's a bit of a trip for us, which is why we haven't see her in a few years. But I don't want any more regrets. We MUST make it a priority to keep in touch and visit those that matter to us.
Lord, please forgive me for not keeping my priorities in the right place. Fill me with a sense of honor and respect for those who mean the most to me and to not let the less important thing in my life keep me from giving them my time and attention. Amen.