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Whispers from Heaven

Easter Sunday - Not Just Another Off Weekend
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By Carol Einarsson | 04/04/2010
Category: Whispers from Heaven
 

Some things shouldn't ever change, and some things in NASCAR likely never will. One of those things is that we don't race on Easter Sunday. It's pretty safe to say most folks that have read this site for any length of time are certain what I celebrate this time every year, and the meaning it holds for me. Recently, though, a friend told me this story, and I knew instantly it was a story that should be shared.
 
This Easter will be 16 years since my mom passed away.

After the funeral, I was chatting to the lady who lives next door. She said she had spoken to Mom the day she was taken ill.  Mom had walked to the local shop for a few bits of shopping, and was sitting on the wall at the top of the drive, bags by her feet.

The neighbour had seen her and went to ask if she was okay. Mom said, "I'm fine, thanks. I was just sitting in the sunshine. We haven't seen much of it lately, and I didn't want to waste it."

She was taken ill a couple of hours later.

I always think of her when I'm in the sunshine.

 
As I listened to the words of my friend, I was moved. This woman who appreciated the most basic of God's gifts and didn't want to waste a bit of it can be such an example to those of us who rush through life busy with such things that, in the big picture, are meaningless really.
 
How much time do I spend in front of a computer or a TV? How much time driving from one place to another? How much time is spent with life's trivialities or even things that seem large to me at the time, but are mere temporary distractions in this life?
 
Contrasting that, how much time do I spend appreciating God's creation? Enjoying morning coffee while watching the sunrise, or even just sitting under a tree while the birds sing and the squirrels dash about?
 
Just as the sun rises each morning, so is there a promise of new hope every day for each of us. No matter what has passed, we have a new day to live. If we choose, we can have a whole new life in Christ and with each sunrise, we can again celebrate the one Son risen.
 
When next you have the opportunity to sit and enjoy the sunshine, remember the wise words of my friend's dear Mum, and don't waste it. We never know how little we may have left.
 

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Newracefan
04/04/2010 6:30 am (1)
Thanks for the reminder Carol, I've always enjoyed quitely reflecting in the sunshine now I will be putting it in the proper prespective.
eddo
04/05/2010 4:43 pm (2)
beautiful reminder Carol.

this Easter season has seen me focusing a lot more on God and what He desires for my life, and much less on me and what I want.

It's so important for us to take time and just be aware of His creation and presence around us. :)

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