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Too Late

November 9, 2015

I have witnessed family members being tormented when death invade the rank of their families and home. God loans family members, friends and acquaintances to us for a short period of time. What we do with that time is up to us.

A certain father had three daughters. The oldest daughter got married, moved away from her family and started her own life.  God blessed this daughter with a home, a great paying job and a child. This daughter forgot all about the man that had sacrificed many years of working in all type of weather to provide for their necessities. On Christmas, Father Day or his birthday, this father would wait eagerly for a card or phone call from his loving daughter. A few years later, this father taken ill and went to be with the Lord. During the funeral, this daughter sat next to the coffin crying and calling his name.  The father did not know she was there nor could he hear her calling his name.  As I sat and listened to the heartbroken cries of a daughter’s grief, I was reminded of Shirley Caesar song “Don’t Drive Your Mama Away”, Faded Rose and “No Charge”. All are songs that remind us of how important it is to appreciate the precious gift God gives us when he places parent that “will go the distance” in our lives; Parents that love in spite of and unconditionally. Don’t let it be too late to give flowers to the people in your life.

Life is short and it is certain our days are few. If I could remind you of one thing it would be “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today”. Just in case someone that’s dear to you, if their tomorrow never comes; will you have regrets or peace?

When Lazarus died, “Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died”. (John 11:21) We know that death is certain and it will invade the rank of our families; whether we are there or not. Make sure there is nothing undone.  Time doesn’t always allow us a second chance to get it right.  Moses prayed to God: “So teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom”. (Psalms 90:12)

Prayer: Father, help us to number our days. Bless us to use our time wisely and to love one another unconditionally as You have loved the church. We know there’s no remembrance in the grave. When death have taken our love ones, let there be no guilt in our hearts. Let our hearts be clean and be confident that we demonstrated unconditional love and nothing was undone.

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