Monday, October 17, 2011
Last Friday we lost an old friend we had not seen in years and I have been dealing with the sorrow. Both we and he and his family are Christians and so I know that he is with our Heavenly Father and Jesus in Heaven now, but he left behind a beautiful family long before any of us would have expected. His death was mercifully quick (a massive heart attack) and he lived a fruitful and happy life, but those of us who remain have to face once again what a terrible price we pay for the sinful natures we suffer as a result of Adam's sin.
The younger we are, the further away death seems, and usually we don't see many of those close to us die. However, as I get older and experience death among my friends and family more often, I am struck by just how important every year, every day, every minute, yes, even every second is and how we must make the best use of our time, for God, for ourselves, and our friends and family. I had thought of this family numerous times and meant to try and connect with them again but days slid into weeks, into months, and so on.
I'm going to endeavor to stay in better contact with family and friends and make sure I take every opportunity to let them know how much they are loved and admired and to share God's love. So often life's everyday cares can cause us to forget to do those things that have eternal consequences. I pray that, through God's grace, I will do better at this than I have lately.