Five Minute Friday – In Between

Five minute Friday – a prompt, 5 minutes of free writing, link up, then encourage and be encouraged…

In between…

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I have been thinking about my mother a lot lately. The 2nd anniversary of her death was this month. It was a day that was going along normally. She was on my mind as I woke and went about my morning. She was on my mind as I spent time in the afternoon talking with friends about the importance of the choices we make in this life, in parenting, in giving and seeking forgiveness and grace. In the middle of this time of heartfelt sharing she was on my mind as I found out that  suddenly my husband’s mother was gone. She had died.  Life is suddenly changed again, without warning a new normal is thrust upon me.

My mom.
My mom.

I have lost a lot of dear people in the last few years and when they are suddenly not with me anymore  I start struggling to remember the happiest times I had with them. I run to God’s word and find all of His promises about an afterlife promised to those who believe. I start to call on memories of evidence of their faith, things to hold on to for assurance that they are with the Lord and that when my time comes to die, or if the Lord returns before then, that I will see them again. I look forward to that time when sin no longer gets in between us. A time when we are not strangers struggling to survive but are sisters rejoicing in faith that is no longer blind but that has become sight.

His mom.
His mom.

While I wait for that day when I will see the Lord face to face and be reunited with many that have gone before I will continue miss them. For now I think of my time left on earth as my ‘in between’ time. All of us who have faith in Jesus as our Savior are in an ‘in between’ time. We are not what we were and we are not what we will be. As we bump along in this world, struggling for victory over our sins and struggling to survive and forgive the sins of others it is good to remember this —  One day when we are united with the Lord through death, resurrection or rapture, we will be together.  We will no longer be hindered and/or separated with sin coming between us. What an amazing glorious day! I wonder if any of us will even recognize each other!

…Stop.

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5 minute Friday… Rhythm

Rhythm

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For 54 years they have been dancing through this life together.  It’s been their private slow-dancedance, a rhythm all their own. It hasn’t always been pretty, sometimes toes have been stepped on, sometimes they have gotten a little out of sync but for the most part it has been a beautiful collection of quick steps and slow dances.

They have  been something to behold as they have enjoyed their dancing. Onlookers have observed their love, their joy and their care for one another and some have wondered at their ability to keep it up after all these years. How do they keep  smiling and holding hands and encouraging one another?

Truly their hearts desire has been that it could go on forever. But sooner than they had hoped and before they they were able to finish all the steps they had planned their partnership had to come to an end.

She now dances with a Divine partner, the One who coached them through all their years and he will be comforted in his grief with the assurance that he will see her again and meet Him face to face as well. He is glad she is enjoying a perfect dance at last. He kept his promise to be only her partner until death parted them. He misses her but knows that for now he will have to work on finding a new rhythm, work out some solo steps, and thinks maybe he’ll even take his dance on the road. He is determined to keep busy until the time when they will meet again.

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