June 1, 2008

The Circle Of Life

Yesterday was a lot to take in. I started the morning off with stopping by to support a dear friend at the funeral of someone very close to her, someone very young, only 32 years old.

Soon after, we had to head to a wedding of my childhood friend's sister. One who I remember when she was born! And now she is starting a whole new journey in life as a married woman. I saw her parents give away their last daughter. They whispered to me, pointing to the little girl in my belly, that 22 years comes faster than we know.

This life, the cycle, there is no stopping it.
A baby is kicking and growing inside me right now! I wish, for the sake of beautiful words, that I could write how blessed and in complete awe I am that I have this life inside me. Have you really taken a moment to realize what an absolute miracle that is? Or what an absolute miracle today alone is? This day, this very moment we too often forget to notice.

Where it ends for one, it begins for another.
I want each day I live to have purpose, as it very well could be my last. Or if not, if I have many many days ahead, I want all of those days to have reason. I want you to be able to see the love of our Creator from my heart and from my actions. I hope you can see the miracle that is my own life. I want my children living out the life God designed for them. There are decisions and choices and hearts involved and affected. Other lives. That will go on living or take their last breath today.

What I feel is unearthly. It's not a heaviness, and it doesn't hurt my heart. It's not scary, but maybe a little exciting. It's unknown. I can't explain it. It's life. And it's real.

28 comments:

  1. What a beautiful post. It sums up life very well for me. Times have been hard recently, in several ways, and this morning I woke up unhappy, irritated, and on edge. I really need to celebrate and appreciate what I have- which is really sooo much! Thanks!

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  2. you have a gift. i'm glad you can cultivate it with this little blog. :)

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  3. Another beautiful post. We do need to cherish our time here on earth and appreciate what we have. You did take in a lot yesterday, glad you could be there for both friends.

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  4. Great post! I think about that a lot and you wrote it beautifully.

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  5. So very beautiful and thoughtful.

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  6. I felt so many of the same things when I was pregnant with Aisling. It is the ultimate miracle!

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  7. I used to snicker when people referred to babies as miracles, being a bit of a cynic, but my first pregnancy made me understand.

    It is wonderful to be able to see the cycle of life instead of dwelling on the bad times.

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  8. I think some of your most beautiful writing was posted in the wee hours of the morning (like this one). I wonder how you can be so alive at that time, but now I'm wondering if I need to wake up and try it. Maybe that's the time of day when our souls are most sensitive and available for pouring out and I've been sleeping through it.

    I know exactly the feeling your describing. Experiencing the weight and reality of the fragility of this life. When we know He who created it and know where this is all heading, it's not scary. It's what life is all about.

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  9. What a great post, Steph.

    thanks.

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  10. You are absolutely right. Every day - every moment - is a precious gift.

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  11. that gave me goose bumps. I feel the same way about everyday.

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  12. Such a beautiful post, Steph!! This thing, this life... sometimes you just have to stop and ponder the enormity of it all, huh?

    xo,
    Jane

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  13. Good post, Steph. Please visit my blog when you get a chance, and read about Katie and her sweet little Catherine, and if you have time leave her a message on her blog. :)

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  14. Good post, Steph. Please visit my blog when you get a chance, and read about Katie and her sweet little Catherine, and if you have time leave her a message on her blog. :)

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  15. I pray I can grasp this attitude every morning before I tackle the day.

    Lori

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  16. It is a beautiful thing.. life. But it's even more beautiful when you stop to see it as you did. Rub that little girl in there for me!
    - Audrey

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  17. Wow Steph...you absolutely take my breath away. You are so right, and it was a reminder that I needed for today, I too want to live my life to the fullest, because it may be my last. Thank you...thank you...

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  18. I have been seeing more of this lately in my life. I find myself holding my kids a little longer, and adding one more kiss before bed each night - these moments are so precious and fleeting. Beautiful post =)

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  19. SO true. The day I told my mom I was pregnant was the day her dad entered hospice. It helped her. It gave her something to look forward to and a sweet life to take over where her sweet dad's left off.

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  20. Enjoy one of the few times you'll be able to assist God in a miracle.........

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  21. You've very beautifully put into words something that I thought no words could express. It was very uplifting to read. Thanks!

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  22. A wedding and a funeral in one day -- that doesn't happen often. How nice you could be there for all of your friends.

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  23. I'm glad you find the joy in realizing how connected we all are to each other, and how precious our delicate lives are. Sometimes that is scary for people... I think it's really like a roller coaster, where Yes, it IS scary: but the thrills are worth it.

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  24. Wow - you summed it up perfectly! I am completely moved - thank you for reminding me of life's preciousness.

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  26. Perfect! In such few words you have described it wonderfully!!!

    Hugs, Heidi
    You are looking adorable btw!!!!

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