As I am writing this today I have heard of another dear saint that has died and is now with Jesus! During the same conversation I was told that another person I know has only been given a couple weeks to live after a long journey of fighting cancer. Another has just been diagnosed with cancer and yet another is struggling with other health issues.
What are we to do when such news seems to come far more often than we would desire? How do we discover hope in the midst of such discomfort? How to we take the time in the midst of it all to evaluate our own lives and where we are at the moment?
The answer may seem too simple yet we must understand we are loved by the Creator of all things and that in that love we can find the hope, strength, and courage we need to face each day--no matter what it may bring. Each day is a gift and we are encouraged to live life to its fullest. We can clearly understand in light of it all that each breath is a gift, each sunrise and sunset is a gift--and that being loved and being able to love are some of the most precious gifts we have in our hearts.
How do we face these times? We love fervently. We pray consistently. We lean into the God who loves us with an everlasting love that strengthens us and carries us each day.