“Time does not heal, it makes a half-stitched scar that can be broken and again you feel grief as total as in its first hour.”
~ Elizabeth Jennings
On Sunday I was going to text my friend and neighbor about making plans to get together. We have both been busy and haven’t seen each other since before she left for Illinois with her husband last month, for his 50th high school reunion. As I was reaching for my phone, I thought otherwise and decided to just walk down to her house and visit with her, the old-fashion way, face-to-face / heart-to-heart.
In between telling me about their trip, she gave me the rundown on her current exercise routine and updated me on her mother who is in an assisted living home. Her mother suffers from dementia and it’s getting progressively worse.
All deaths of memory are painful on families.
Then she shared the news of an acquaintance’s teenage daughter’s recent suicide. I vaguely remember meeting the woman, and her sister, when I substituted as a player in a Bunco game a few years ago. However, what I do remember very clearly is the long road to mending the hearts of those left behind. Our nephew committed suicide twelve years ago come this November. His was the first death my husband’s immediate family experienced.
All deaths are difficult on families.
Later that evening, my husband shared the news that a young couple we knew were separated, and had been for nearly two or so months now.
All deaths in relationships are hard on families.
On days like today, in the aftermath of such sad news, I wonder: If you knew that tomorrow would be the last time you would see a loved one, would anything be nearly as important to let them know other than you love them?
Perhaps the only rule we really need to live by, faithfully, is to be mindful and gentle in all things – every.single.day. – not only with friends, but, especially, with family.
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
An Excerpt from Good Morning Girls leader, Angela, on Luke 22: 1-13:
“…if you want to be ‘great’ in the eyes of Jesus, do what He did…..serve others. We are most like Jesus when we serve those God has placed in our lives. The disciples didn’t understand this truth at first, but we don’t have to make that mistake. No job in God’s Kingdom is more important than the other….we all need each other and in order to be the Body of Christ, we all need to serve each other.”