Dancing with a limp

It is Thursday night, my wife and youngest daughter Bethany are at a movie, my son Michael is sitting in a classroom, my son Jonathan is somewhere with his girlfriend and I am sitting alone on the back patio reminiscing…it was three years ago at this very moment that I stood at the bedside of a friend as the doctor pronounced her dead and then marked the time.

Many are the thoughts going through my head and mixed the emotions going through my heart.

She was a beloved wife and mother. A leader in our church and a friend to me. I would have scripted things differently but it was not my story to write. More than once today these words have come to mind:

“You will lose someone you can’t live without, and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly—that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp.”  Anne Lamott

Cheryl was not the first person I have loved to precede me into the presence of the Heavenly Father and should the Lord tarry she will not be the last. Thank God for the hope we have…death does not have the last word…not in our Father’s universe! One glorious day we will be reunited at the Father’s table and live forever in the joy of perfect love and community.

Until then I dance but with a limp…and don’t we all.

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Feb
03
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Make Room

Room-to-Grow-logo-jpgWhat options do we have when our schedule is packed but we want to take a course that will increase our knowledge or develop our skills ?

What choices do we have when our finances are spoken for to the penny but there is some non-budgeted item we think we must have?

What alternatives do we have when our space if full but there is still more to fit in?

 

Jacque and I have been wrestling with this very issue this week as we are addressing the closet in the master bedroom. (Yee Haw!)

 

Well the answer is easy…the implementation can be a little more difficult.

 

We can: A) Make something(s) go away. B) Make a better arrangement of what is already there. C) Make more room. Or D) A combination of “A”, “B”, or “C”.

The key is to do something, or things get static then begin to stagnate and then begin to deteriorate.

Jacque and I chose a combination of “A” and “B”. Some things went to the Goodwill and we are assembling a new closet organizer for the rest. (Oh the fun.)

Jan
11
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Make Room

Room-to-Grow-logo-jpgWhat options do we have when our schedule is packed but we want to take a course that will increase our knowledge or develop our skills ?

What choices do we have when our finances are spoken for to the penny but there is some non-budgeted item we think we must have?

What alternatives do we have when our space if full but there is still more to fit in?

 

Jacque and I have been wrestling with this very issue this week as we are addressing the closet in the master bedroom. (Yee Haw!)

 

Well the answer is easy…the implementation can be a little more difficult.

 

We can: A) Make something(s) go away. B) Make a better arrangement of what is already there. C) Make more room. Or D) A combination of “A”, “B”, or “C”.

The key is to do something, or things get static then begin to stagnate and then begin to deteriorate.

Jacque and I chose a combination of “A” and “B”. Some things went to the Goodwill and we are assembling a new closet organizer for the rest. (Oh the fun.)

Jan
11
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