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Hello Dad…

visit to cemetery

Hello Dad,
today is January 7th
the same date seventeen years ago
at the wee hour of the morning
when I held you in my arms as you
struggled and breathe your last.
The last time Mom and I visited you
at the cemetery was quite some time ago
Not that we have forgotten you but
we believe your spirit dwells
in our hearts and not at the place
where we laid you to rest.
I’m glad I visited you today, Dad
I believe you were at the cemetery too.
I found peace within as I reminisce on the
lessons learned after your passing…
Life is too short to be grumpy
There’s hope in the midst of adversity.
Our success or failures does not
define who we are.
Life is about being joyful.
And there’s joy…
in being yourself
in giving & sharing
in the midst of pain and suffering,
May we find the strength
to let go of our past…
the years of pain and difficulties that
we had somehow survived and have made
 us more compassionate and resilient.
May our hearts be filled with
love, joy and  peace
as we continue to live
joyfully in the moment.

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“If there’s one thing I learned,
it’s that nobody is here forever.
You have to live for the moment,
each and every day . . .
the here, the now.”
― Simone Elkeles

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Today I’m reminded again how fragile life is.  My hubby’s longtime friend had a heart attack and died while fixing his roof this morning. He was in his early fifties and leaves behind his wife and five children. May his soul rest in peace!  

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Serenity Prayer – Reinhold Niebuhr

God, grant me
the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him forever in the next.
Amen.
– Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)
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Quote of the day – Jim Elliot

Wherever you are, be all there!”

– Jim Elliot

 

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