One of “Those” weeks

25 Aug

Last week was a rough one both personally and in the life of our church. About a week ago, we found out that a former member of NCC had fallen into a coma after going into cardiac arrest. His prognosis was dire but we still asked God to do what looked to be impossible. God did not answer that prayer. But at the visitation, we celebrated a life well-lived and we know that we will see him again.

A couple of days later, I learned that the father of one of my two best friends had died over night from complications related to lung cancer. He was a true fighter and had been an 8 year survivor of pancreatic cancer. It was the most difficult funeral I’ve ever done, and I’ve done a bunch of them.

These two tragedies make me want to savor the good things in life that much more and to not give much attention to things that don’t matter all that much. I want to learn to keep relationships first in my life…starting with God and then my family and friends. I want to remember to love well and to be persistent in maintaining the good relationships that God has graced me with. In the greater scheme of things, the other things simply don’t matter all that much.

Lord, grant me the wisdom to remember all that you’ve taught me over the last week.

Peace,

Neil

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