I just received some news that a blogging buddy has breast cancer.
This makes me sad. She's a joyous writer who now has to make some difficult decisions.
I'm reminded of Angelina Jolie and her COURAGEOUS CHOICE.
T.D. Jakes wrote that "life is the great equalizer," and I think of that quote often. No matter how young or beautiful or successful or healthy we are - eventually, we lose it all. In our final hour, we can't take beauty or strength or money or power with us.
What we can leave behind is the effects of our generosity, or kindness, or sacrifice. Loved ones will benefit by what we shared and gave, not by what we hoarded or wasted. When someone I know becomes ill, or dies, I am reminded of this. As Elton John referenced, our lives are "candles in the wind." We are bright and shining for only a time, and then we are gone.
As many of you know, my parents are 91 and almost 94. Their lights are dimming, but they still sparkle when we are with them. They have made a lasting impact on so many people over the course of their lives. They were both in the Navy, both served tirelessly in their church for over sixty years, raised four children, and buried one when he was just 23. They've lost most of their friends and half of their siblings. They understand heaven is close, but if there's still good work to be done, gosh darn, they're going to do it.
When some people become ill, they question God - why me? My blogging friend said, Why not me? I'm no more special than anyone else. What a beautiful perspective. As the saying goes, God never promised us a rose garden. Even if He had, lest we forget - a rose garden is full of thorns.
Such is life here on the planet. Roses and thorns. God wants us to know He is with us through both - the smelling of the roses and the wounding by the thorns. His love for us, His plans for us don't change. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
After the rose petals are crushed beneath the snow, and the thorns are rendered powerless, and the breasts are removed, and legs no longer work, and memories are no longer clear, God and His love for us is exactly the same.