Life is so amazing, in all its wonderful, terrible glory.
This weekend we have been invited to Hubby's best friend's son's wedding. This beautiful, sweet young couple is embarking on life's journey together and they've picked June 21st as the day to commemorate that. At the exact same time as the wedding Saturday, there will be a funeral for the mother of another of Hubby's friends. She passed away this week from cancer. Both families are close to Hubby's heart, so our prayers go up for both of them - for the joyous occasion of young loves starting a life together and for the sorrow of a family saying goodbye to their mother and grandmother.
I haven't spoken to my friend A in weeks. Her family has asked people not to call, and I know A is spending the precious time she has left with her boys. I have been sending texts and messages, though, just to let her know she's never far from my thoughts. Yesterday she responded back, and I immediately pounced, intent on "hearing" her voice, if only through a Facebook message. Her family represents another "circle of life". My sweet, loving, faithful, graceful, funny, clever, witty, thoughtful, amazing friend is dying. She admits it, and from talking with her, she has made peace with it. Two days ago, A's little sister gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. God is taking away one angel while at the same time giving the family another.
My heart hurts for Hubby's friend's family. I know what we went through a few years ago when we lost my mother-in-law to cancer. It was beyond sad. Saying goodbye is never easy, and when sickness takes someone away, it hurts. When sickness takes someone way too soon, a young mother like A with children who still need a mommy, it is devastating.
Life is life. I know that. But sometimes it's so unfair.
After all I have been though, I consciously choose to celebrate the good, because those precious moments can be stolen away by a scare, a worry, a tragedy...in an instant.
Celebrate life, my friends. It's so worth living, even when it's painful to do so.