Monday, July 15, 2013

Present


Credit
Usually on Fridays I try to join this community. This time I'm a few days late but I just had to write on this prompt...

All I know is that on Friday I turned 30 and today she’s having radical surgery for breast cancer. And the song about The Circle of Life is true. And one day when I was 24 I woke up and knew this is the way of things. That in this life there’s way more death, loss, sadness, pain and trauma than you’d ever expect.

And right alongside of all that is so much joy and so many reasons to celebrate. Sometimes they're all happening at the same time. Someone’s getting married while someone else is saying goodbye to a spouse. Someone’s longing for a child and someone’s having an abortion. Someone just started a job and someone else just got fired from their job of 30 years.

I’ve never been noble enough to ask for world peace. And the truth is I don’t believe we’ll ever experience true peace on this side of heaven. As I thought about what I’d like for my 30th birthday while she gets ready for surgery, I decided I’d like to be more present. In the time of celebration and the times of mourning.But most of all I’d like to be most present when the lines blur and those times back right up against each other.





Five Minute Friday

10 comments:

  1. Joy, that was beautiful. Time flies, and slows, and blurs, and the memories of times when you WERE present stay.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Lynne. And thank you for stopping by.

      Delete
  2. Wow, one of your most beautiful posts, friend. So, so encouraging and so from the heart. Love you.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, sweet friend. Love you too.

      Delete
  3. Joyful, Happy 30th Birthday to you, Joy! What a great B-day wish.

    Lord, I pray that You will honor Joy this 30th year of life. That You will fill her with Your Spirit, enabling her to embrace Your gift of today. May Your presence in Joy's life become more and more evident as she pursues Your pathway to become a present lady this year. In Jesus' name, Amen.

    www.todaysladyvirtue.com

    ReplyDelete
  4. I love this Joy. I'm grappling with 30 looming in just a few months and I like putting it in this perspective. Thank you for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Renia. We all handle aging differently but I can honestly say I've enjoyed getting older for the most part. My 30th has inspired a few other posts so stay tuned.

      Delete