Thursday, October 23, 2008

Counting Down

Okay there are officially 29 days to go before my sister gets here and I'm starting to get excited. I love Thanksgiving and Christmas, but this year will be extra special because I'll have her here celebrating with us. I've not had any of my family here for the holidays and the last time I spent Christmas with them was in 2000 so I'm sure you can see why I'm exited.

We've got so much catching up to do and so much to put into 36 days that it is certainly going to be run, run, run. She has never met David so this is going to be fun and basically we're trying to put 4 years into those 36 days. It has been 2 years since I've seen her and it'll be probably another 2 years or more before we get to see her again.

For now I'm not going to dwell on the fact she has to go home. For now I'm going to embrace the excitement of her coming, the excitement of planning for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Paul & I are also celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary with a service at church so I've got that to get organized as well. So hang on to your hat we're in for one heck of a ride.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

What's important?

A very good friend of mine has had a really tough 2008. It has been filled with much joy and much sadness, but she and her family have certainly been and inspiration of living the faith.

It is terribly painful to see someone our love slowly leave this world for the next, yet there is so much anticipation and joy. We feel guilty because we pray the Lord will take them home and away from the pain. We feel great anticipation in knowing that soon they will be whole and without suffering, enjoying the joy of seeing our amazing Saviour. We are filled with so much sadness knowing that soon we won't have our loved one with us here on earth and sometimes we're not ready to say goodbye because we still have too much to say.

When we have a loved one that is preparing to meet the Lord we are given the gift of being able to say all that needs to be said. We are able to say "I love you" and "I'll see you again" and "Good-bye for now". We need to be thankful for that.

Unfortunately we sometimes take it for granted that our friends and family will always be here or at least for today so sometimes we forget to say what's important today putting it off till tomorrow. We get so caught up in life that we forget to say and do whats important. We get caught up with the job, the house, the washing, the cooking, all that stuff that isn't really all that important. What is important is that we take the time to let our family and friends know how we feel about them. We need to take the time to not only tell them, but show them.

Take the time today, because we don't know God's plan and we don't know when He is going to call any of his children home.