Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Rose Petals

What a week. One dog ripped off her dew claw...blood dripping all over. The other dog woke up today limping badly. Dear Hubby got in from Florida with his mom last night and we met him at the nearby assisted living center to get her settled. Her first view of the home was of a firetruck and ambulance rushing up, sirens blaring. Her bed is too high and she will need a crane to lift her onto it. I will be spending the day trying to find her everything she needs while learning to operate/fold her wheelchair in between stores. I am glad she is here. Florida, in her state of health, was a lonely place, far from the family that could ease her spirit. Watching the tender kindness of her son lifting her into bed alone was worth the trip.

As I got my breakfast this morning, before anyone else was awake (except the dew-less clawed dog and the limping dog), I marveled over what a blessing it is to move with relative ease, to stand without stooping, to step without assistance, to get my own coffee and sit down in my own beloved chair. So much blessing I take for granted each day.

As youngsters, we think we have all the time in the world. We waste precious moments we will never have back doing things that in the end will be no more meaningful than vapor. We accumulate dust rather than treasure. We seek the immediate, the temporal, but give little thought to the eternal. We act as though the rose petals will never brown, will never drop off one by one before we have had a time to gaze upon their beauty.

Psalm 27:4-5,8,13-14 (NIV)
One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. [5] For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock. [8] My heart says of you, “Seek his face! ” Your face, Lord, I will seek. [13] I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. [14] Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

-save a dog-

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