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  • Writer's pictureJoni

Day 17: Life Forever

Yesterday we celebrated the LIFE

of a dear friend.

It wasn't a birthday or a congratulations party, as it was a

Goodbye for now celebration.

The people gathered to bring their condolences and their tears,

to celebrate the


of someone who is no longer in the here & now.

You wonder~

Did he know that he was that special to so many?

Was his LIFE celebrated while he was here?

Today marks the day of another man~

who GOD called home a year ago today~

who is so dearly missed.

His LIFE we also celebrated.

GOD'S timing not ours~

something that we don't control at all,

yet the time GOD does gives us

we can control some of the things.

Look to your left and look to your right~

there are those special someones

who GOD placed in your


If only we could always celebrate each other while they are here.

And I know it is hard to do perfectly,

but to just take a second

~to make the call instead of the text

~to meet face to face instead of on facebook

~to say "I love you"... just because

To stop for a second


Be Still enough

to breath in the


that GOD has purposely given us~


what is





If GOD didn't create each one of us, crafting us so uniquely~

what would we be~


because we wouldn't be here.


a precious gift.


a precious gift~

for at the moment


GOD calls us home

HE will be waiting

with open arms

and that will be the moment when

our real



Yes, it is the unknown

and yes we would rather have those who have passed here with us now,

but it is something that we have no control over...

BUT the ONE who does

brings comfort and peace in the here and now~

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in GOD; believe also in ME." John 14:1



HE does what HE says HE WILL DO and HE WILL DO what HE says.

and there is no stopping


"My FATHER'S house has many rooms;

if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going

there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you,

I WILL come back and take you to be with ME that you also may be where I am." John 14:2-3

So for now my friends, as we are living our


with or without those whom we so dearly love,

embrace the ONE who has given you this


and Who is embracing those who have gone before us~

"Peace I leave with you; MY peace I give you.

I do not give to you as the world gives.

Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. "John 14:27

What are your thoughts & prayers?

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