What will others say?
"As the rain and snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out of my mouth: it will not return to me empty but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it." ~ Isaiah 55: 10,11
No where does one understand the circle of life more than at a cemetery.
I used to love to visit the cemetery in Lebanon, Indiana with my Mamaw Williams. She was probably our family's finest historian when it came to remembering names, circumstances around their life and death (if she didn't know, well let's just say she also possessed a great imagination and after she got done, often I felt sorry for the person for not having been more memorable!)
I enjoyed walking through the generations. Her parents. Her husband, my Papaw, especially Memorial Day weekend. We would cut fresh peonies from my great-grandmother's fence row. Peppermint stripe was the color.
God has been forever speaking things into being. From the first, "Let there be light!" to the three last words on Calvary, "It is finished," God seems to create and re-create daily around us, while remaining present and the same.
Each day we try to seek a deeper understanding of who we are, and why we behave the way we do sometimes. It's only natural we would want good things to be said about us once we leave this earth. Whatever it is, remember the words you speak of others, also provides a clear understanding of who the person was as well. Live your life so that what you create will be a lasting memory, otherwise you may end up having your life "filled in" later by a little old lady with an amazing imagination!
Be you, and be you for others. Be the words that God has spoken of each of us.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
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Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.