Heard anyone say, “I’m just busy, there’s always something taking my time.”

I can relate, to a certain degree, with the statement that life can be busy.  But at the root of the statement is always, with what or with whom is my time spent?  Those who have attended the Great Banquet or Walk to Emmaus will recall that first talk on priorities.  Remember?

Over the past 3 months a lot has happened in our lives as a family.  We’ve experienced new adventures as we sailed on a cruise ship for the first time with our son, daughter-in-law, and grand-daughters, and went to places we’ve never been before.  It was a busier vacation than we're used to, but we so loved being with our family and sharing life with them for that week.

After an injury to her back, Denise was told that she has a condition that she has had, and will have for the rest of her life.  She was busy finding out the diagnosis, going to therapy, and relying on people to do things for her that she couldn’t do for herself.  That was really difficult for her because she’s a hard worker, independent and strong.  It just so happened that this injury and underlying condition would result in her having to miss work for the longest period of time ever in her working life.  However, it came at a time when she needed to concentrate on caring for her Dad and Mom.

Denise’s Dad, Walter, went into the hospital in March with afib and then learned he had congestive heart failure.  After returning to the hospital a couple of weeks later to try and get his heart to beat in a normal rhythm, he came home with some improvement.  Over the next few weeks, we saw his health improve and then decline..  We were busy taking care of their needs, but it was not a burden.  It was just what you do for the ones you love.  On May 29th at 10:30pm Walter let go of Denise’s hand and took the hand of his Lord.  For the blessing of knowing that Walter is healed and home we are so thankful and grateful!  But Betty doesn’t have her husband, Denise and Lynn don’t have their daddy, and all the grandkids don’t have their papaw.  We don’t have him anymore, but we do have the memories, and after 88 years of life he left a lot of memories for those he loved.

Let your life reflect the best that God has given us by showing love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control to those who cross your path.  Don’t allow anything to rob those closest to you of your best.  Give your family what they need, not out of obligation or burden, but out of what God has given you.  Give them your time and attention, and share with them the love God has given you.  His grace is sufficient!

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”  John 3:16-17

God is good, all the time! And all the time, God is good!  Thank you for all the love you’ve shown to Denise and our family during this time of saying, “see you later” to Walter.  Now we celebrate his eternal home with our Savior and Lord!

In Christ’s Love,
Rob  Romans 12