Wednesday, February 4, 2009

A time for reflection

The past two weeks have been sort of crazy ones. A close family friend's father passed away and their grandmother the next day. Last week my Stake President from my youth passed away. It was sad but made me think an aweful lot. There is a 9 year age gap with my mom and dad and so the 2 men were the same ages as them. I did a lot of thinking and realized just how precious life really is. It could be my mom or dad and that's always really hard. I also realized that as hard as it is to say goodbye, it's really just a "see ya later"! We know that if we live our lives in a way that is pleasing to the Lord that we can live with Him again and that's what we really want. I hope that I will be able to see these people again some day and I know that there were many people there waiting to greet them on the other side. I want to live each day as though it could be the last. Love my family more, serve my neighbors better, do more in my calling, try harder to be more like the Savior. I'm not perfect and I know that I'm not expected to be, but I am expected to try my hardest and that's what I really want to do. I love you all and I hope everyone has an awesome week...month....year...life!!!!

8 comments:

Jensen Memories said...

What a great thought. There is a girl that works in the TLE at Owen's Wal*Mart, and a few weeks ago her husband was stabbed in the drive way, she found him when she opened the garage door to go to work. He survived that, then yesterday morning he was found dead in their house. The news has not released the cause yet. It makes me feel so sad for her. I am so grateful for the knowledge that we have. For the opportunity we will have to see out loved ones again (if we live right). I am so grateful for the wonderful Eternal Family that I have. So I kinda know how you are feeling.

Sorry that sounded like a testimony on Fast Sunday!!

Ang said...

I remember when my grandpa died, of course it was super hard for my grandma. When they were going to close the casket she wanted to stop them, but she said to herself that it wasn't him. It was just his body. It would be so hard to say goodbye, but what a blessing to know that we'll be with them again. It's also a good reminder to cherish the ones we have now.

Nicole said...

Who's the stake president? Thanks for your words Erin. Even though we can be an Eternal Family, there is still an emptiness and emotional pain associated with loosing a loved one. Especially when there's a close Father Daughter relationship.
I couldn't agree more about living each day to the fullest. If you didn't know my Dad passed on the exact date, on the 4 yr anniversary of HIS mom's passing. He passed the exact date and time (just a yr later) of their old Bishops wife. That Sunday ( 3 days after my Dad passed) was the 3 yr anniversary of when my brother in law passed. It was a normal day on his way to work (on his motorcycle) when he was killed. He left behind a grief stricken wife, 2yr old and 4mo old. So yea, we need to have no regrets, spend as much time with our children and live as we'll be meeting the Savior at any moment, because we never know when it will be our time...

amberjill said...

what a week you have been through! thank goodness for the gospel! love you

Nicole said...

I forgot to mention, on my Dad's last "good" day he was in the house of the Lord doing his families work. By the end of the day his parents were sealed to each other, along with my Dad's brother that passed and my Dad. He could have done something else but he was there doing the Lords work with his wife.

Erin said...

You guys are all awesome! I like your testimony Lacee!!! Ang that's so sweet and Nicole...I love you!!! You're dad was a great guy. It was President Weipert who passed away. Amber...it was a tough couple weeks but a lot of good came out of them!

Jardine Family said...

As hard as it is to see others move on, it's a good reminder to us to cherish the time that we do have with those we love.
Every moment truly is a gift.
Like you say, Erin, we all need to try to do better and take advantage of the time we have here on earth!

Carissa J said...

It's so hard to lose loved ones. I'm grateful to still have my parents and siblings. I do wonder about dogs, though. I miss my dog Hershey terribly! Will I see HER in heaven?