With all of our imperfections, we begin and end each day at the foot of the cross. It is here where our story begins and we pray it is where it will end. "Jesus said: Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light." ~Matthew 11:28-30~
Listen to God's voice at the foot of the crucifix." ~St. Gaspar del Bufaro~
Sunday, July 17, 2011
A Time To Pray...
It's been a time to pray this weekend... Around our house we are praying for a Father, who is also Father-in-law, Grandpa, and Husband. Rudy is my husband's Dad who suffered a heart attack, followed by several "episodes" that are keeping him in the ICU for the weekend. This isn't the first time he has had this type of scare but of course we never know if it will be the last. Times like this call a family together to reflect. What is really important in this life? Ultimately it boils down to relationships and those we love, doesn't it?
For Rudy, he isn't ready yet. He told his son (my husband) that he wants more time...
His race with time is a reality check for the rest of us.
How are we using our time in the here and now? I once read that all the treasures of the earth cannot bring back one lost moment...Hmmm, I should know better.
Funny how time seems to slow down at these moments though, as if to give us a brief reminder that it does not keep it's rapid pace forever. When it is our time to move out of this world and on to the next, the mystery of time shall be unveiled. As Christians, we prepare our whole lives for this, crosses of time and all. But what about those we love who might be unsure? For that matter, even the most faithful Christians have moments of doubt at the time of death...
I am simply thankful for the opportunity to pray for Rudy's peace in this moment of time. He knows God and talks to Him but he isn't a church-goer. I pray that God will know his heart and offer His mercy and love to Rudy, despite the outcome of his situation. There is still "time" for that and that is God's grace. It is never too late to pray and I shall never underestimate its power.
Time is fast but there are slow moments to be savored, and life to look forward to, now and forever, lest we forget the reason for our existence: to know, love, and serve God. This is my deepest prayer for all time. "Make sure your life does not contradict your words. Sing with your voices, your hearts, your lips and your lives... If you desire to praise Him, then live what you express. Live good lives and you yourselves will be His praise." ~St. Augustine~