for granted

12 Mar

Heavy on my heart today are the thoughts of the Japan earthquake and its victims. Then a bit ago, I sat on the couch, sobbing as I read THIS amazing woman’s blog. Loss of life. Loved ones here then gone. Life is but a breath. A vapor.

We all know that God is the giver of life, yet at some point it is going to end for each and every one of us. (If you have any questions about what happens after it ends – please send me an e-mail and we’ll chat!) But what do you do when your loved one – your dear husband, your child, those friends and family around you leave Earth? Gosh, I can’t. even. imagine.

I think what’s heavy on my heart right now in this moment is how often we take those we love for granted. Really truly for granted. We miss to appreciate the cup of coffee they may ready for us in the morning. Or the diapers they are there to help change, so that poop duty is divided. That loved one may remember to put the laundry in the dryer for you. Day after day. Or be the one to pick up the wet towels off the floor and hang them up. They make you laugh. They are a friend with a shoulder to lean on and cry on. And this is just your spouse!

What about your children? Their screams of joy just for you being there when they wake up in the morning. The Lego men they leave spaced every 3 feet a part in your hallway. Their snuggles, their unconditional love even when your ugly selfishness creeps in, their sleepy breath. We forget to appreciate their creativity, their growing independence, their dependence on us.

I think today of all those who have lost loved ones. I think of those who have loved ones that are many miles away fighting for our freedom rather than by their side. I know that I struggle to not take my family and those I love for granted. It’s so easy. Life happens. But do we know when the day will be their (or our) last?

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2 Responses to “for granted”

  1. danielle March 12, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    thank you so much for sharing your heart, so many of your thoughts have been mine as well.

    • chellejd March 12, 2011 at 11:45 pm #

      Thanks Danielle for the sweet comment. xoxo

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