I've been thinking alot about life and death today. Yes, that sounds pretty morbid but, in just one day, I have spoken to 3 friends that have recently lost a loved one. Two of them had experienced this great loss 1-2 years ago and I was just getting up the nerve to call them. The other just lost her husband last night to cancer. There were extenuating circumstances in the previous 2 situations.... job change, no knowledge of phone number, lost contact over the years, etc. You get my drift.
It's a weak excuse for not contacting these friends during this difficult time in their lives. But what do you say?? That's what I struggled with. One of the people was a woman I had worked with and she lost her daughter to cancer about a year ago. I had such a nice conversation with her today and we exchanged emails, etc. so we could stay in touch.
The other person was the husband of a best friend I had years ago in my "running around and partying" days. She's been gone a couple of years now but I have such great memories of our friendship. We lost touch like a lot of people do but hooked up later in years to meet husbands and kids. I had the best conversation with her husband. It was like we were old friends. We had only met each other a few times and it had probably been 15 years since I'd seen him but we talked with ease. I miss Kath. She was a great person and so full of life. In one way I'm glad I didn't get the chance to see her riddled with cancer. Apparently, it wore her down pretty severely and that would have broken my heart. But on the other hand, I would have loved to have been able to say goodbye to her. In a way, today, I did that by talking to her hubby.
My point is, don't EVER take your time here on earth for granted. It can be ripped away in seconds. If you aren't feeling right (physically) or think something is wrong with your body, etc. go to the doctor. Have things checked out. You can't always tell if something is wrong and some illness don't have very strong signs. But, IF YOU DO feel something is wrong, please check it out. And have faith in God. He's there to help you through the rough patches. We may not always know why bad things happen but we can always be certain that God will be there to help us through it.