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Topic: Season(s) of a year or life (01/13/11)
TITLE: Life's Seasons
By Bronwyn Biddulph
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So often we hear, “Seize the day”, “Life’s too short”, “Every day is precious”. “Don’t die with the music still in you”. Lessons for us all. But do we always listen? Do we really hear? Do we live each day as though it could be our last? Do we really appreciate the treasured gift of life, living, of those most precious to us before it’s too late? One phone call, one moment, one appointment and the need for living life to its fullest can become more urgent. We yearn for more time, beg for just one more week, one more day, one more hour, one more moment to taste and savour the nectar of life. To be given a second chance to just live, to just love. One more day, one more moment to spend time with someone who is dying; our loved one who is slowly losing their grip on life. We can learn so much about living from those who are on their final earthly journey. Sitting beside them, holding them, singing to them, reading to them …. just loving them. Beautiful, moving moments wrapped up in sorrow. Tender, life changing moments which can take us beyond words, to a place we never thought we could go. A place and a moment that you’ll treasure for a lifetime. Because sometimes that moment is all you have. Maybe the last you’ll ever have. And when moments are all you have left, you learn to sit a little stiller, love a little deeper, hold a little longer. Wishing that time would stand still, to stop the dawn or sunset so as to embrace these last precious moments. Moments that will never come again. Moments that are treasured until the very last breath and beyond. Then those moments become memories that are forever etched in our hearts. What an honour and privilege it is to share these last weeks, days, hours and moments. To have shared the seasons of one’s life from the beginning to the very end. What a blessing and a gift it leaves us… about what really matters… and maybe how we want to be remembered when it’s our turn to leave this world for the next. When it will be someone else who will be sharing our last moments … and learning from us… about how to really live. And so life’s seasons continue. So does the memory. So does the love.
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