Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Sad News

It is with a sad and heavy heart that I report that my brother-in-law's brother Tim has passed away.  Tim was a man with great character and family values.  It saddens me to see my brother-in-law Tom so distraught and devastated by the death of his big brother and idol and to know that I am helpless to help him.  I have known Tim for almost 14 years and the one thing about Tim that sticks with me the most is how much he loved his family.  My heart aches for their mother Judy, who has been their rock their entire lives and who has gotten them through so many difficult times.  To lose a husband, and now a child?  How is it possible to endure so much pain?  My heart aches for her.  When you see your family tonight, make sure you hug them extra tight and tell them how much they mean to you.  Life is a gift and is not guaranteed to be here tomorrow.

I love each and every one of you with every fiber of my being.  You are what makes me, me.

Footprints In The Sand

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand. One belonging to him and the other to the Lord.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times of his life.

This really bothered him and he questioned the Lord about it. “Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why when I needed you most you would leave me”?

The Lord replied, “My precious, precious child, I love you and I would never leave you! During your times of trial and suffering when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you”.

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