Sunday, October 21, 2007

A Sad Anniversary and a Reminder

I'm sitting at church right now. I run the bookstore and it's during the Sunday School hour, so I'm not posting during the service, don't worry!

I was just out in the courtyard and met up with my best friend, Jan. We cried together and hugged and cried some more.

Jan's husband, John, died one year ago Tuesday.

John had been diagnosed with colon cancer just 10 short months before. He spent the last 6 weeks of his life in the hospital, fighting with every ounce of who he was to live and be with his wife, two teenage daughters, son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter. But it wasn't God's will and he was taken home to be with Christ.

This year has been so hard on all of the family. All of the kids have struggled in one way or another. For Jan it has been unbearable to lose her best friend.

So today I want to remember how precious my time with my husband is. Too often, we fall into arguing over stupid, petty stuff. I can't remember the time we had a long weekend together without this happening.

I'm just not going to do it anymore.

I'm going to tell myself that whatever I'm arguing over isn't as important as the love that we share and the health of our relationship.

I want to live my life to the fullest and have as few regrets as possible.

I'm going to make a conscious effort to remember that time is fleeting and there are no guarantees.


My Ice Cream Diary said...

My father paased away from cancer when I was 16 and I have 4 sibling younger than myself. I hope your friend is doing ok. I work very hard to keep my marriage peaceful because my mom always regretted being a fishwife to my dad. My rule for arguments is not to yell about unimportant things, and if it is important it should be too important to yell about. It also helps to never argue until you've said a prayer together.


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