Monday, July 11, 2011

I’m thankful for 21

Some good and bad things happened over the past week and weekend. Things that really make you appreciate all that God has given you and the time you have.

The generosity of friends always amazes me. I think sometimes I’m not worthy of their kindness so I’m always surprised when they’re so willing to drive to my house just to load 4 things in my car for me or bring a cooked meal so I won’t have to stand in the kitchen or pick up tomatoes at the store.

Then the generosity of my Savior amazes me because I know I’m not worthy, but by His Son being so willing to suffer and die for my sins has allowed me to have that ounce of worthiness to know Him and give me the confidence of where I’ll be spending my eternity.

Friday at 1pm, a fellow Officer who I went to the academy with, who was in my class and I got to know for the 4 months we were there, who I worked with, sometimes side by side at 2 prisons over 4 years, fell into Kern River and was swept away. 4 days later they still haven’t found him. He has 2 little girls, who as of yesterday, still don’t know he’s gone, in case there’s that small chance he’s found safe.

His number sits in my phone.

Over 2 years ago, another Officer I was close with, even closer with, was camping with a friend. Got up early before his friend woke up and went to ride his dune buggy by himself. Hours later, when he didn’t return, his friend went looking for him and found him overturned in a ditch with his neck snapped. I couldn’t make it to his funeral. It took over a year for me to delete his number from my phone.

In the most normal of things is when your life can change forever.

I’m thankful for
- my Savior
- my salvation
- His comfort, grace and mercy
- my family

James 4:13-15
Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit."
Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.
Instead, you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that."

You hear it everywhere you go and you’ll hear it here. Love on the ones you love today. You can never be sure what the next few minutes could bring.

USS Arizona
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6 comments:

GreenGirl said...

Prayers for your friend that he is somehow found SAFE and alive...
Losing friends is incredibly tough...and it really does make you appreicate everything in this life...even the little things.
I often think...man, I am poor...but then you look around and I think to myself, I will NEVER be poor, ya know?
Prayers for you too!

Unknown said...

The loss of a loved one really does change the way one views life. Never again will I tell someone that time will help the grief go away. It just makes it go deeper inside so others can't see it. I know how you feel about taking the # out of your phone. I'll be praying for your friend and his family.

Natalie said...

Will be praying for the officer and his family!

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

i'm so sorry!! what a scary and miserable situation. praying he is found and is safe.

Chelsea Elizabeth. said...

Your right, life is so fragile. There really isn't time for fighting or arguing because life can be gone in a single second. A few weeks ago my mom and sister were hit by a tractor trailer and that's all I heard. I had no idea what the outcome was and it was the worst moment of my life. A few minutes later I found out they were fine and I could've cried. I really realized how fast our lives can be taken away and we should appreciate everything we have.
I am so incredibly sorry for both of the tradgedies of your friends. I will pray for your friend that he is somehow safe. I'm really sorry and I know this must be a difficult time. I'll keep you and his family in my prayers.

<3Chelsea Elizabeth
http://www.organizedxxmess.blogspot.com

Katie said...

praying for a safe and sound return home for him!!

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