Celebrate Life!

My mom’s birthday was this past Monday. We had celebrated with family and friends on Sunday, and then just the two of us had our own celebration together on the 15th. She loves coconut shrimp, so I ordered that from one of her favorite restaurants, and we watched “Dancing With the Stars,” another one of her favorites.

That morning though, while running out to get her birthday roses, I noticed a procession of cars…part of a funeral…and it hit me again how short life is here.

Constantly, people are born into life on this planet, carried away to be cleaned up and placed into the arms of loved ones — and people die here every day, and are carried away and cleaned up and placed into our Father’s arms…born into new life in His Presence…

Oh life! With all your complexities, you’re amazing!

But it all goes by too quickly, doesn’t it? So celebrate each moment, each new day, and don’t take anything for granted or waste the time you’ve been given…

Right now, as I type this, I can hear the church down the street playing its noon chimes… So beautiful… Not sure what hymn it is, but it’s lively and festive…like you might hear after a wedding… If we could all keep that feeling with us as we go through each one of our days here, what a difference that would make.

So decide to celebrate life today. There’s music playing for you, too… Just listen with your heart…

P.S. — And writing about the topic of life and death just reminded me of “Our Town,” by Thornton Wilder. I love this play, and was in two dynamic productions of it. If it’s done well, it hits you at the core of your being. Here’s one of my favorite scenes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLWewZO6z1w


4 thoughts on “Celebrate Life!

  1. I love this play and it’s a good production, made sadder because I know the future and that poor Spalding Gray, is gone, due to his own depression. If only . . . .

    One thing though, I disagree with Wilder. Heaven isn’t us just watching or sitting. We’ll be doing all sorts of marvelous things and not so somber.

    • Yes… So sad about Spalding Gray… And, yep, I agree with you about Heaven… “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, what God has in store for those who love Him…” (1 Corinthians 2:9)

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