I have watched our community - and those surrounding us completely come together after the tragedy we experienced.
The loss of a teenager always hurts. The loss always makes us snap back into the reality that we are only here for a short time.
But we have known that all along. And death taught us how to live a long time ago.
Many years ago our sixth grade class lost a classmate. She was in a car wreck with her mom & sister and Sherry left instantly. When we were in first grade we were all invited to a birthday party for a classmate. Birthday parties in the early 1970s were fun and everyone wanted to be there (I am thinking that hasn't changed) - Sherry could not go - her parents would not take her but our first grade teacher did. Our teacher left school with Sherry - took her to the party - and then back to school before the buses ran. That first grade teacher... my mom.
Without any doubt I know my mom is so glad that she took the time to love Sherry and do something out of her way to make Sherry's life better. This week I found a valentine from Sherry. (not a day to get aggravated at my mom for keeping everything!)
So how to live?
I know I forget. In our Wednesday night ladies Bible study group we talk about LOVE - all.the.time. Sometimes I want to roll my eyes when I realize that yet once again - every discussion ends up at that point - LOVE. Simply LOVE.
It should not be so difficult.
This conversation makes me want to sing (or rather listen to others who really can - and sing along!)....
Have you heard of The Staple Singers? I feel quite sure I watched them on "Soul Train" - what a great show!!
Their song "If You're Ready" is a great reminder of what it is all about. Take some time & search You Tube and see their Soul Train performance.
If you're ready, Come go with me.
No hatred - will be tolerated
Peace & Love will grow between the races
Love is the only transportation to where there's total communication
Live today - like He taught us to live. With love for each - taking time to be a part of someone's life - showing love to others while they are here - while we can receive the love right back.
Back of the t shirt created to remember Candice Martin 1996-2014.
We went to FUMC today as our sweet friend was confirmed. The quote during the sermon was just a perfect reminder....