Some people hate funerals. I find them comforting. They hit the pause button on life and remind us that it has an end. Every eulogy reminds me to deepen my dash, that place on the tombstone between our birth and our death. ~ Regina Brett
The other day I was sitting in a hospital room with my best friend, who'd been in surgery the day before, and with her family, marking the slow passage of the hours of recovery, during which doctors and nurses cycled through and checked tubes and monitors.
It sounds a little morbid, but the conversation turned to funerals. We were talking about caring for others in their joys and sorrows and afflictions. I was reminded of this post from my previous blog, Why Me?, which providentially was written three years to the day prior to that discussion.
Most of the time, for me, the idea for a blog post comes from a conversation I have with myself that continues over a period of a few days. As soon as I realize the topic is developing into a potential post, I open a draft in Weebly and begin dumping into it all the thoughts, quotes, article links, etc., that have crossed my mind or my path that may contribute to a final post. Some do get to the final, and some don't. And some drafts make it to the blog. But these 16 haven't.
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Beauty. In our culture, it's pursued. It's glorified. It's feted. We have contests, we are drawn to mid-level marketing ventures, and millions log on to online and media platforms that introduce new and rare treatments almost daily. The products and services that promise to enhance beauty make up a multi-billion dollar industry (over $55B in 2015 alone).
It's one of the great conflicts that Christian believers have that their lives are not at the mercy --- for one nanosecond --- of the events, the unforeseen events, and tragedies, and perplexities of this world, because our lives are hid with Christ in God, our times are in his hands, underneath us are the everlasting arms.
Laura Miller aka mrsdkmiller
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Her March Isn't Over
Across the River
When God Pries My Fingers Off My Children
Life's Defining Moments
To the Christian Wife Who Berated Her Husband in Front of My Daughter
Zeal and Grace in France
An Unconventional Love Story
Seeing What's in Front of Our Eyes
Remembering Why I Called You Hannah
Love Your Sister.
Because He Came Home
Go Valiantly! A Prayer for New Homeschooling Moms
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