Today is ANZAC Day. The day we remember the Australian soldiers who fought for our country. For us. “They shall not grow old, as we that are left behind grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn them.”
Today we found out that one of our parishioners will most likely die in the next 24 hours. We visited him in hospital and I witnessed with my own eyes how age and cancer have indeed wearied him and condemned him.
Today I am weeping for his family, especially his wife and his daughter. I think of my own Rick, and how empty and heart-wrenching life would be without him. I cannot even fathom it.
Today I feel helpless that there is nothing I can do but pray. And wait.
Today I am reminded that death is evil. Death takes our loved ones away. Death rips our hearts open. Death brings pain. And death brings grief.
Today I am reminded that life is a blessing from God. Every waking and breathing moment of it. We are not to take it for granted.
Today is a day of remembrance.
Today is to be cherished – by those of us left behind.
“Lest we forget.”
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