Since my mother got sick, there have been days where I've felt like I'm literally walking "through the valley of the shadow of death", but even in that, God is drawing me closer, encouraging me to live in the moment. You see, ultimately, my hope is in Him, and without Him I have no hope.
On my walk today, I plugged in some Christmas hymns and really looked around. I saw a pile of leaves on the side of the road and jumped in it. I watched four squirrels as the scurried to pick up the last of the nuts for winter. I saw a yard full of robins and one beautiful cardinal trying to hide behind a bush.
I know I'll face loss in the future. We all do. We all face loss and hurt. We have days where we'd give our right arm to change every aspect of them, but we can't live in those days. We have to choose to live in the moment - right now, where we are.
Tomorrow, I'll be at Vanderbilt Hospital, sitting with my mother as she goes through yet another day of chemo, but for today, I'm going to play in the leaves, and watch the squirrels.
This season is about God's gift. I hope you all will open it up and enjoy it.
"For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6 NASB
That's me. Wife, mom, former teen, and writer.
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