Does Death Make Life Richer?

I am wondering about death. About life. Can life be as rich if we don't know the sorrow and loss of death? That is where I am right now in my pondering. When someone close to you starts to enter the end stages of life, it makes you think much more about living and the time you do have left with them. Not knowing how long they may have left makes me desire more time with them in my life. My grampy died 10 years ago last month; he was one of the most significant people in my life since birth. He had been close to death a number of times from numerous ailments probably precipitated by his eating, drinking, and smoking habits, but he always seemed to rally. He was a stubborn old man with a will of iron. Still, his body gave out on him, and death took him. I remember exactly where I was when the call came from my Uncle Matt to tell me. I said, "I'm not ready for him to be dead." He asked, "Would you ever be?" Of course the answer was no. Thankfully, I know I'…

The Proposal

Marry Me! And no, I am not proposing to you. Once, many moons ago, I did propose to a man. As it turned out, I married him, too, but that was many break-ups and reconciliations later and NEVER have I had a real proposal. What do I consider to be a real proposal? One that includes true love, a ring, and an offer of marriage. I used to think the ring wasn't all that important. In many ways, I still agree with that. To me, it's more the symbol of the unity--the unbroken circle of the ring--and the fact that this man has chosen that particular ring for the woman he wants to marry with only her in mind. It signifies their union and beginning.

I have been asked to marry 4 men--all linked to military service. The first time, I was asked was by a man named Kevin. He was in the Navy, we'd gone to the same high school, and we shared a group of friends. He told me he had his grandmother's ring in a box and would marry me right now. Mind you, I'd not even kissed the guy nor w…

2017: Loved, #myoneword

In 2017, I was asked by a pastor-friend if I wanted to be part of a group praying through the #MyOneWord method and seeing what God had for us during that year. My dear friend, Jerri Kelley, has shared her stories of the Word God has given to her in the past and the amazing way in which is unfolds as He weaves this Word into your heart and life. As I went through the exercises for this, I ended up crossing off Hope, Faithfulness, Healer, Dauntless, and ended up with LOVED. The next part of the exercise was to find a verse that spoke of that to you. I ended up finding 18 that resonated with me containing LOVED in them and then four that rose to the top:

“...I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.”
(‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭31:3‬)
We love because he firstlovedus. (1 John 4:19)
In this is love, not that we have lovedGod but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10)
but God shows his love for us in that while we …