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Time and Tribute

The temporary time we spend on this earth is nothing compared to the eternity we will spend with God and yet when someone we know goes on to their reward we are sad and glad at the same time. When someone suffers with an illness and then passes on we experience mixed emotions, happy that they are no longer suffering and sad that they have left us behind.

Over the years I have experienced these emotions. I have experienced extreme grief over a friend who committed suicide and sadness over a friend who lost a battle with cancer. I have experienced the difficulty that surrounds seeing both of my parents pass on. But through it all I understand that living this life is not everything. I understand that in eternity with God there is no cancer, there is no emotional distress, there are no more tears and this helps the pain.

I would like to honor a friend of mine Elaine Hurd, who passed on to heaven recently. She was a kindred spirit. We shared the same passion for seeing children come to know Jesus. She spent her life focused on sharing the gospel with those in need. Though she did not have much in this world, she stored up many treasures in heaven. I considered it an honor to work alongside of her for a few years of my life.

Her life taught me that what God gives us is time and how we spend that time is what He looks at on judgment day. Now I have to ask myself, am I spending my time wisely? Am I doing what matters? Or am I getting lost in the world and missing the point?

The cycle of life is amazing. At the same time I grieve over the loss of a friend I look forward to the birth of a new grandchild. And that illustrates the point that what God gives us is time. Some are at the beginning of their time and some come to the end. But what matters is the time between the beginning and the end.

Join me this week in making the most of the time we have been given. Share the love of God with someone, because you never know.

Psalm 116 (NASB)

I love the Lord, because He hears
My voice and my supplications.
Because He has inclined His ear to me,
Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.
The cords of death encompassed me
And the terrors of Sheol came upon me;
I found distress and sorrow.
Then I called upon the name of the Lord:
“O Lord, I beseech You, save my life!”

Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
Yes, our God is compassionate.
The Lord preserves the simple;
I was brought low, and He saved me.
Return to your rest, O my soul,
For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.
For You have rescued my soul from death,
My eyes from tears,
My feet from stumbling.
I shall walk before the Lord
In the land of the living.
I believed when I said,
“I am greatly afflicted.”
I said in my alarm,
“All men are liars.”

What shall I render to the Lord
For all His benefits toward me?
I shall lift up the cup of salvation
And call upon the name of the Lord.
I shall pay my vows to the Lord,
Oh may it be in the presence of all His people.
Precious in the sight of the Lord
Is the death of His godly ones.
O Lord, surely I am Your servant,
I am Your servant, the son of Your handmaid,
You have loosed my bonds.

 To You I shall offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving,
And call upon the name of the Lord.
I shall pay my vows to the Lord,
Oh may it be in the presence of all His people,
In the courts of the Lord’s house,
In the midst of you, O Jerusalem.

Praise the Lord!


Comments on: "Time and Tribute" (1)

  1. Kathy Cagle said:

    Thank you, Kitty. Your passion for children blesses and inspires me. Your love and respect for Elaine Hurd and her example for reaching children for Christ shows where your heart is.
    I want my heart to always be there.


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