There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven–Ecclesiastes 3:1
Earlier this morning as I checked to see what everyone had been up to on Facebook, I noticed that one of my friends had posted a link to an obituary. It was for Paul Herlinger, a wonderful actor that voiced the beloved Mr Whitaker on Adventures In Odyssey. I also heard that earlier this week, Phil Harris one of the captain of The Cornelia Marie on the Discovery Channels Deadliest Catch TV show, had died from a massive stroke.
Even though I didn’t know either of these men personally, both of their passings have made me realize that there is much truth in the old saying that “you never know”. Neither of these families expected to be planning funerals, and memorials this month. I’m sure they expected this Valentines Day to be like any other, but instead it is full of memories and sadness, and also a special kind of love.
When a loved one dies, there is an automatic hole in our hearts. It seems like the rest of the world should stop, and mourn them like we are. It isn’t right that stores should still be open, babies should still be born, weddings should still be planned, and the world should still go on.
Over time all of those feelings will go away, and a feeling of deep seated love and admiration will replace it. Because when someone you love passes away, the bad things are never remembered, cross words are forgotten. All that is remembered are the touching, funny, loving moments, that we have witnessed or been a part of.
I’m sorry if this wasn’t a too much of a Valentine Post, or perhaps it is. Maybe if we realize how much love we need to show to others, and how much we have received, we will remember to show that love before it’s to late.
Give someone flowers, share a kind word, tell the people in your life how much they mean to you. And know that the only way to be truly be ready to leave this earth, is to have a relationship with The Lord Jesus. He is the greatest symbol of love there is.
Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry–Mark Twain
Blessings, Peace and Success!