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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Empty Seats at the Table


Today HB (HoneyBunny) and I are going to the Memorial Service for a man we have known for many years.  It was a total shock to us to see his obituary in yesterday's paper.  I had just talked with his wife a couple of weeks ago and there was no mention of sickness.  He was sixty one years old.  Younger than us (gasp!).

So today I am feeling bad that I have been feeling sad about not being able to see my children and grandchildren often enough, and here are friends who will have an empty seat at their table for Christmas dinner.  I am convicted.  I, at least, know that I can talk with my family who live far away, and will see them again.  There are so many families who are missing someone - really missing, as in gone forever missing - this holiday season.  Those families need our prayers now and all year.  Prayers for comfort, strength and to be able to carry on with their lives.  Prayers that the good memories will overshadow the sad ones.  Prayers of thankfulness for the time spent with those loved ones.

And, it wouldn't hurt us to think about a few things now.  Are we ready to die?  Do we have our "things" in order?  Could our families make sense of what we leave behind, or are we leaving a nightmare of paperwork and trinkets collected over the years.  Will they need to play "Storage Wars" to figure out what to do with all of our belongings? 

More importantly, how are we living our lives?  Are we "right" with God?  Are we living the way Jesus meant for us to live?  Are we serving others?  Are we reading His Word?  So much to consider when we realize our time could come at any moment. 

Remembering the Reason for this Season...

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6 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry about your friend. And it seems as if there are several deaths lately of people younger than me. Makes us evaluate our own lives, doesn't it?

    Yes - there will be another empty seat at another table. Difficult time of the year for deaths.

    Yes - we can call most of our family and talk or skype. Thank God for technology.

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  2. The service was wonderful - so full of Jesus that one just has to be happy that Doc is now in Heaven with Him! It turns out he suffered with leukemia and strokes for a long time. I feel really bad that I didn't know that. I have seen his wife several times, but since she is a busy Mary Kay National level Director, and I haven't been a consultant for many years, I don't see her often enough. She never mentioned it.
    In an hour we will be in church again (ours) for our Saturday night teaching, so this is turning out to be one very Blessed day!
    Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  3. Sorry about your friend..just a reminder to all of us to count our blessing..

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  4. Wonderful post, my friend...a gentle but important reminder. My dad in law will be missed this Christmas, but we will try to comfort and cheer my mom in law as she misses him. All the while our hearts are aching because we will miss our estranged son for yet another Christmas. Our prayer is that he and his wife will reconcile with us -- and before the Storage Wars begin! :) Merry Christmas to you, and big hugs!

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  5. Kimba - thank you for the comforting comment..yes, I am a firm believer in counting blessings!

    Snoodles - We, too, have and estranged son and his family. (my youngest son). He distanced himself from all of his family about 6 years ago and my heart still breaks. I have three grandchildren, one I have never seen, that are no longer a part of my life. I pray constantly that he will have a change of heart.

    Christmas Blessings to all who have commented!
    Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  6. Oh, how heartbreaking. I pray for the Lord's comfort and peace for your dear friends. I cannot imagine losing someone close to me, but know that I will have to endure that someday and can only trust that God will keep me positive and joyous in the midst of it all!

    On a lighter note, Storage Wars is indeed a fun show (all the weird things they auction!), and may the cheer of Christmas be shared with those going through tough times this season! He is our strength and ultimate joy :)

    Kristina
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