How can this be? I was just getting warmed up and now it’s OVER???!!! Well….at least I can say that I’ve had a good time. The weather has been great, the air sweet, and the good times with friends and family were in abundance this year. I think that I’ve stored enough summer sunshine to prepare myself for the coming seasons. In 13 Thursday’s, it will be Thanksgiving and the 17th Thursday, will be Christmas. I have a lot to do, how about you?
Normally this time of closure to the summer has me in a tizzy anticipating the darker days ahead, but since one of my friends had a near death experience last week, I’ve realized something more important. Life is precious, short and we are not promised tomorrow. Therefore, cloudy days, cold rain and snow doesn’t matter, what matters is making each moment count. Letting go of past hurts and bringing joy into the present moment is a must. They say that in the end, what will count is how much we loved. I remember reading and hearing stories from visionaries that were gifted in seeing the blessed mother, ask her, “why it is that she looks so incredibly beautiful”. They say, her beauty is beyond description and no picture or statue does her justice. Her reply was recorded as, “Because I love so much and if you love as much as I, you too, would be this beautiful”. She gives us something to think about doesn’t she?
In order for us to move forward in life without regret, is to be the best “YOU” you can be. No one can take that away from you. I am getting a bit older and unfortunately have found myself beside many caskets at funerals. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard from the grieving their regrets over their last memory or moments with the deceased. Their last encounter was either arguing, not saying “I love you”, giving the silent treatment, being fresh or just not spending enough time with them. Don’t live your life with regret, turn things around while you still can. Pick up the phone and make that call to someone you’ve been thinking about for a while, smile and be joyous even on your darkest days.
St. Francis of Assisi is noted to have said, “the devil rejoices most when he can snatch away spiritual joy from the servant of God. He carries dust so he can throw it into the tiniest cracks of conscience and soil the candor of mind and purity of life. When spiritual joy fills the heart the serpent throws off his deadly poison in vain. The devils cannot harm the servant of Christ when they see they are filled with holy joy. When, however, the soul is wretched, desolate, and filled with sorrow, it is easily overwhelmed by its sorrow or it may turn to vain enjoyments.” Thomas of Celano Chapter 88 of the Second life in the, page 465
We should take those words to heart and command ourselves to live spiritual joy every day. We should also keep in the forefront of our minds, that others are watching us and some of those others are children learning how to be adults. They need to be taught how to carry their childlike happiness with them. We don’t want to encourage angry sourpuss’s ha, ha, ha. We are to be living examples of the Gospels, which means being love. This is not always easy, that’s why we are works in progress, never fully completed until our time is done. We do the best we can with what and where we are presently. The key is remembering that others are also doing the same.
1Peter 5:9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.