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Friday, June 3, 2011

Keep your head up…

He Treats Me to a Feast; Notes from my Abundant Life

Keep your head up…

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. 
Psalms 121:1-2(KJV)

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
Oscar Wilde


Whoa….this was quite a week. After shaking off the blahs, finally rediscovering my love of running AND being able to run, after all the stress (life) and the attitudes (kids) and the stuff, you know, the usual, bam! As we celebrated the good things, graduations, anniversaries, birthdays, we got news that one friend in their 40s is, as it was described to us “ridddled with Cancer” and that another suddenly died of a massive aneurism, just between his only child’s prom and her graduation. BAM!

We were paralyzed with guilt at the thought of a sympathy call, since the friend that passed away is the one we’re always promising to get together with, and seldom do, or did.  Do we face the possibility that a young, beautiful, grieving widow will turn us away at the door? We decided that it didn’t matter, because paying a sympathy call is what you do.  So, being a good southern gal at heart, I went to my kitchen to bake a cake.  Being that good southern gal, I always have enough in my pantry to bring it correct (thank you, mom). 
We went anyway, and thank God, we did.  We connected like we should’ve before…. We also pledged, in memoriam, to do better.  We will.

I tried, just for a moment, to imagine suddenly losing the man I’ve shared my life with for the past 18 years.  I couldn’t.  I don’t want to…and we spent the balance of the weekend being thankful, and looking up. 

Everybody’s got a sad story.  Look up.  Everybody’s got a reason not to, do/go/try anyway.  For whatever conspires to keep you back, there is always a way to move forward, even if for the moment, your forward movement is standing fast in the face of the onslaught. 
So , I’m going to find the joy in this day, because tonight I have to bury a friend.  One whom I didn’t get to know well enough, because we didn’t make time.  I will be sad, and wonder what more might have been, but I will look up.  Because that is what his wife and child need, and what I need, what we all need at a time like this.  Oscar Wilde and David were on to something….look at the stars, look to the hills, because we can.  Because we are never alone, and that is a blessing.  Further evidence that God is Good.

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