I've always been drawn to meaningful quotes, prose, and poetry...writing them down in spiral notebooks with red felt pen as a teenager. I have collected them, printed them on decorated computer paper, cut into little pieces, folded them and put them in a jar, with a ribbon on top as a gift to special people in my life. This challenge was going to be a pleasure.
The first challenge word is "life." Every Memorial Day, I take some extra time off to decorate the graves of my relatives/ancestors in West Virginia. Someone years before had planted these lillies in front of my Great-Grandfather Powers' grave...so gorgeous, rich in color. I sat on the ground in front of the headstone at bloom level at dusk with my camera lens drinking in all this beauty. And how poignant to think on the word "life" as I sat on the grave of a loved one who died long before.
I heard someone point out that "life, at best, is brief." The years blur and run together and before I know it, I'm eligible to order from the Bob Evans' 55 and over menu!
There really is no dress rehearsal for life...and it goes by quickly. Not a single day is guaranteed. I think of Psalms 90:12 that says,
So teach us to number our days so that we may get a heart of wisdom.
Once again, as I pondered the word "life," I reflected once again with the backdrop of a cemetery. As a Hackers Creek Pioneer Descendant, my Memorial Day weekend ritual took me to Friendship Cemetery near Jane Lew, West Virginia on Hackers Creek.
Today I see the merecies of God that for a moment I am physically separated from those I love who have gone onto heaven, the relationship endures as I hold the memories close to my heart, knowing that what has been will always be, meeting again "on the other side."