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Sometimes in the middle of the day, I carve out some time.

Just a ten or twenty minute break.

To breathe life in.

To enjoy this moment.

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To experience God’s creation in a way that takes my mundane

and makes it new.

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Things used to be different.  I’d say to myself, I don’t have time  

or There’s too much to do.

I still have too much to do.

But now I just do it.  I pause.

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Because if there’s one thing I’ve realized from watching my husband go through cancer and living through my son’s death:

Life is short.

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Those aren’t just words to embroider on a pillow.

It’s truth.

“Show me, O LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life.  You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man’s life is but a breath. ” Psalm 39:4-5

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As writer Shelly Wagner says,

You see I have learned

Chances don’t come again

I listen when they say,

“Opportunity is brief.

Remember cement gets hard

Yesterday is set concrete

Unable to record your words.”

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Today. This moment. Thankful.

John Piper says,

If you love his gifts, think on how wonderful the giver must be.

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So let my words and my heart record–

while there’s still time,

before the concrete sets:

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

 

Sara