Monday, June 9, 2008

Life is Too Short

My Dad used to always say this to me as I was growing up, but now it feels like more than ever, I understand it's meaning.

I frequent a few internet chat boards, and one local baby board. It's a nice way to connect with moms and moms-to-be and it helps to pass the time during my breaks at work.

Lately, I am constantly reminded of how fortunate I am to be carrying this baby. I have been thrown my fair share of hurdles in my 29 years, but I cannot imagine what it would be like to lose the life growing inside of me. Today, one of my internet friends reminded me of how fortunate I really am. And another one, full of faith and grace, going through something similar, is being thrown a whole new round of pain and grief. I feel for them, because I know what it's like to be in that pit of despair. It might not be in the same manner, but I know. All too well.

In some way you just want to reach out and grab these people and hug them. To be the one to tell them it will be okay. I can't help but weep for them, even though I do not know them. Life is a real bitch sometimes, and God doesn't always allow things to go our way. But, how do you explain that to someone that has endured such tragedy and loss??

My Grammy had this quote on her refrigerator. It was written by a great pastor of the church we attended growing up. He is no longer there, but his wisdom all too often hits the nail on the head. I now have this posted on my fridge. Right under the first pictures of our darling little boy. At any time, life can go bad on us. And we aren't always prepared. But, I am so glad that I have this ongoing faith within me. Without that, I am not sure I would be here today.

"The Will of God will not take you, where the Grace of God cannot keep you." ---Robert Bedingfield


Jill said...

That's a good one.

I also like (for a lighter mood), "I know God won't give me anything I can't handle. I just wish He didn't trust me so much." - Mother Teresa

You're a strong girl. It makes me cry, too, to see our Nest buddies losing their babies. Life is not fair.

Amanda said...

Emily, Thank you so much for sharing those sites. It puts the world into perspective.