May 05th, 2020
The Importance of Redeeming the Time
This letter was written by an 83-year-old woman to her friend. The last line says it all.
I’m reading more and dusting less. I’m sitting in the yard and admiring the view without fussing about the weeds in the garden.
I’m spending more time with my family & friends and less time working. Whenever possible, life should be a pattern for experiences to savor, not to endure. I’m trying to recognize these moments now and cherish them.
I’m not “saving” anything; we use our good china and crystal for every special event such as losing a pound, getting the sink unstopped, or the first Amaryllis blossom. I wear my good blazer to the market. My theory is if I look prosperous, I can shell out $28.49 for one small bag of groceries. I’m not saving my good perfume for special parties, but wearing it for clerks in the hardware store and tellers at the bank. “Some day” and “one of these days” are losing their grip on my vocabulary. If it’s worth seeing or hearing or doing, I want to see and hear and do it now. I’m not sure what others would’ve done had they known they wouldn’t be here for the tomorrow that we all take for granted.
I think they would have called family members and a few close friends. They might have called a few former friends to apologize and mend fences for past squabbles. I like to think they would have gone out for a Chinese dinner or for whatever their favorite food was. I’m guessin; I’ll never know. It’s those little things left undone that would make me angry if I knew my hours were limited. Angry because I hadn’t written certain letters that I intended to write one of these days. Angry and sorry that I didn’t tell my husband and parents often enough how much I truly loved them. I’m trying very hard not to put off, hold back, or save anything that would add laughter and luster to our lives.
Every morning when I open my eyes, I tell myself that it is special. Every day, every minute, every breath truly is a gift from God…People say true friends must always hold hands, but true friends don’t need to hold hands because they know the other hand will always be there.
with all my love,
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise,
but understanding what the will of the Lord is." Ephesians 5:16-18
My family and I wish to thank everyone for their prayers, gifts of love, and gracious support as together we try to fulfill God’s will for our lives. Each of you have been a wonderful encouragement and blessing.
Have a great day and God bless!
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Pastor Rudy Oakes