Sunday, November 14, 2010

Tick-Tock

Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.  - Mt 25:13 

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This week started like any other week.

Then on Monday, I found out our Deacon's mother-in-law passed away over the weekend.

Tuesday, I received word that a distant family member died.

Wednesday, a very close friend told me his mother was diagnosed with stage four cancer - a week after his uncle was told the same.

Thursday, a friend at church told me that last month, his mother went into the hospital for a routine colon exam and died of complications within days.  His father died of a heart attack a week later.

But then on Thursday night, I heard one of the most uplifting stories I have ever heard.  

A woman at my church told us how she became an altruistic kidney donor - meaning she donated one of her healthy kidneys to a complete stranger who desperately needed one.

She has a large family of her own to worry about, yet put her own health at risk because she felt God calling her to do something.  

She didn't wait until her kids grew up, or until she found someone she knew who needed a kidney.  

She just did it.

Today, while reflecting on the week, I saw the message weaved into all these events:

Don't put off those things - large or small - that you are going to do for God, for none of us know how much time we have left.

God Bless.

7 comments:

Shirley said...

Live each day and love each day as if it is your last.

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Oh Michael ... I pray for all those people you mentioned and for their families. Michael, I pray for you too and thank you for this post ... you'll never know how much it affected me.

God bless you always.

Karinann said...

"Lord show me the shortness of this life..." He certainly answers that prayer in abundance sometimes.
Thanks for the reminder, Michael. I will add my prayers for all those you mentioned here with Victor's.
God bless.

Daily Grace said...

It is true Michael, we never know what tomorrow will bring. We need to live each day as if it were our last.

God bless

Mary333 said...

Michael,
You're right, the clock is ticking isn't it? Your post makes me realize how prepared we really need to be. We never know when our time is up here.

Anne said...

Isn't it amazing that with all of the sad and tragic things that occur in life and of which your week seemed to be full, all it takes is one act of goodness, large or small, to lift our spirits. How blessed you are to have the story of such a large act of goodness to warm your soul! Thanks for sharing it!

deodate said...

Very powerful post. Do we spend out moments tearing down or building up? The ticking of the clock - much to reflect on.
Andie