A dear one and a fall yesterday…..

Dear readers I was going to wait until after the move to write but after yesterday I decided I would write.

About a year ago one of the ladies at a table at breakfast time left (for reasons I will not go into) and so there was a place at the time for a new person. The other three asked me if I would join them.

Now the funny part of all this is I told Jim Henderson the Chaplain that they had invited me to join them. He raised his eyebrows and said, “that is an honor”.  I said, “I know. But I have to be a lady now for an hour every morning”.  He raised those eyebrows again and said, “That could be a problem, but I can pray.”  Rascal. Well, he knows me well because I was his minister of music 25 years ago in Tempe, AZ

Well.  As time passed one more lady passed away.  We added May who will be 99 on 10/1. (I tease May because I tell her when I was born, she was a teenager)

Then more time passed and we lost another precious lady from the table and so there are three.  HOWEVER.  This morning at breakfast there were two.

Rena fell flat on her face and is in the hospital.  Just last week she asked for my phone number and I gave it to her as on her note she said I want you to have my phone number. Soooooo.  Today I called her and she was thrilled………………………………………  I remembered that just this past week when she came to breakfast as she sat down and I pushed her chair up to the table, she said, “I always look forward so much to the breakfast time here.”

Ah!  Yes!! As do each of us at that table – Rena, May and myself.  Scripture comes to mind right now.  It can be found in James 4:13-15.  It reads like this:

“Come now you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow, we shall go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.’  Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow.  You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.  Instead, you ought to say ‘If the Lord wills, we shall live and also do this or that”.

So many are passing on out here at LifeStream.  Some have had clinched fists when spoken to about the Lord and we knew when their name was on the board to be remembered at the memorial that if they had their way, their name would be torn off the list.  Then we have the precious ones.  We also have those who make a difference in a moment of time and for some as they make that difference it can sometimes be their last good moment in time.

Each morning as I leave the table I say to them, “see you in the morning, the Lord willing.”  Yes. The days are that fragile for us.  If the Lord wills, we will be at that table in the morning and if He doesn’t, we will some day be at another Table more magnificent than any table any of us have ever seen in our lives.

If you knew today,  tonight, even tomorrow would be your last, what would you do differently….. would you forgive?….would you try to make things right?….would you give that one compliment that you knew you should have but didn’t?…would you say you are sorry to that person that you know you should have?  You still have that time. Make a difference in some one’s life right now because there may not be a tomorrow for them….or worse….no tomorrow for you. Or “worser” yet…. if you don’t know Him, you are in a pickle and you better open that heart of yours to Life Everlasting, known and given only by the One who gave His all that we might live “if” we so choose.

Mega blessings on all.

Marge H.


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