It was only a week ago Wednesday I sat in my neighbor’s apartment just talking about ‘life’ and how everything is changing so much as we grow older. Mel was 83 years old and recovering from a bout with pneumonia. He was old enough to my dad, and our friendship was liken to that. I asked him how he was doing and I will never forget his response ” Getting better…as long as I can get off this oxygen so I can fishing”. I’d watch his place when he left to go fishing with his sons, and he in turn, would so the same for me if I went away for a weekend to visit with my daughter’s family. I remember too, he always made the greatest chicken noodle soup, with home-made noodles, and he always wanted to share. Well, at 3:00 am this morning he died.
When it came to ‘loving thy neighbor’, Mel did exactly that.
I am reminded of that wonderful passage of Scripture in Ecclesiastes 3: 1-7:
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.”
Let us never forget that each day is a blessing from our God and Savior! Each moment we have is meant for us to share the love of Jesus with anyone and everyone!
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 “Blessed be God,even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”