A week or so ago I was diagnosed with shingles, a mild case. Shame on me for never getting the vaccine. SO, if you haven't had it, GET it. Nerve pain is incredibly awful and unrelenting.
I attended the funeral of a friends husband yesterday….."G" was a great guy, wonderful in so many ways. He was talented in stained glass and just about everything he tried. Life was difficult for him and his family of 3 children and his devoted wife. Yet he didn't complain…he had faith, faith the size of that mustard seed we hear about in scripture. "G" lost his job 2 years ago. He was devastated that he could not find another job and finally agreed to tap into his well earned social security benefits. The stress of that compromised his health.
On Wednesday morning his wife found him dead on the floor next to the bed. He never had the chance to say goodbye. How many of us miss or put aside the opportunity to say good bye to our loved ones? As I sat and listened to the priest's homily, I felt this overwhelming push…..yes….PUSH…..to tell each one of my children how much they mean to me. The first was our son, Jim, who resides in California. Because I was crying so hard he had a hard time understanding that no, I'm not dying, but I have felt the need to tell them all.
The next "victim" was our son, Scott. Poor lamb was horrified watching his mother sobbing, yet telling him everything was fine, just needed to tell him I love him.
When our daughter comes in this weekend I will also share some time with her.
You can call this force driving me to do this "a message from heaven." I can't predict the future, tho I wish I had wings to fly like an angel and rid the nation of fear and doubt…..a soft tender wrap.
Live each day to the fullness, aware of every minute. Take in the beauty around you,,,,and always, always tell the people you love that you love them.
I wish you love….