Ten minutes ago (as of this writing) I decided to check out the Caring Page of a dad-friend whose wife has cancer. She’s been battling it for just over a year and I have prayed so many times for her healing and for my fellow husband and father. I pulled up the page and my breath caught when I saw the words, “service times.”
She had stepped into Glory just a few days ago and now the husband was a widower and the children were without a mother… and I felt broken for them.
I talked with her and her husband just before she found out she had cancer. She was bubbly and outgoing, in contrast to her “get ‘r done” husband. They homeschooled and had several children of all ages.
Now she’s gone and they’re alone. My heart aches for them as I put myself in their shoes. And yet, I am so busy doing busy stuff… getting ready for the first homeschool convention of the season… writing articles… doing life. Even in the rawness of their loss I’m afraid I’ll miss the good stuff at my house.
I feel like Martha who was “distracted by all her service.” I’m afraid you might be too, Mom.
But it’s spring and we’re about to celebrate the Resurrection. Because HE lives my fellow dad and his children can face tomorrow… and I can enjoy today the precious gift of family.
So my fellow parent, can I ask you to pray for Brian and his children AND can I urge you to enjoy some springtime weather and the Resurrection with yours? Today, right after you read this, close your school books and enjoy all three together.
Maybe get out those Resurrection Eggs from the closet, read the last couple chapters of John… or Matthew to your kids, and then go do something fun (ice cream from Dairy Queen, a bike ride, or some family chore).
Life is fragile, things change quickly, and HE is RISEN!
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