Saturday, February 16, 2013
BUT every once in a while something happens, someone says something, or sage words are spoken. Those unforgettable moments become turning points.
I commented in Tracie's blog entry yesterday about such a time when a Titus woman at church nipped gossip in the bud and refocused the ladies on prayer and support. She spoke firmly, but her words held love and direction instead of rebuke. Her example lives on long past the day she passed from this world and went to join Jesus.
An absolute watershed moment in my life was when Daddy slipped into Jesus' keeping. Mom and Daddy had a storybook marriage for fifty-nine years. Mom, my sister, and I were around the bed. After days of coma, Daddy suddenly opened his eyes. He and Mom exchanged a look, then Daddy raised his arm upward toward heaven and went Home. Mom cried out his name. THEN she bowed her head and immediately started praying aloud. Her first words: "Lord, thank you..." She poured out thanksgiving for their years together, their love, God's faithfulness...
Writing this, I'm crying again. What a powerful lesson that was for me-- it embodied the verse, "In everything give thanks." I want to live like that. I NEED to live like that.
Amongst us, we all have moments like that--but we don't often speak of them. What a pity! Those moment of incredible wisdom aren't to be hoarded. By sharing them, we have the honor of encouraging each other to be stronger believers, better wives and mothers, kinder friends, and second-hand teachers of the most precious and important lessons we've heard.
So I invite you--share a watershed moment with us all. Tell us what touched your heart, changed your soul, or directed your life. In doing so, we honor those who taught us and we encourage those who walk along with us on this path of faith.
Please share. We all long to grow!