Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Gift of Life

As part of our Easter celebration, we have been opening eggs filled with suggested activities as a sort of advent calendar. Today one of our eggs asked each person to share three blessings in their life.  Another egg we opened had us all go find a sign of spring and share our observations.

We did those activities this afternoon. This evening, after hearing another story of a woman who just lost a pregnancy and a 3 year old to drowning this week, I am feeling keenly aware of how fragile and precious life is. Whether it is the baby bird in the nest, the hanging chrysalis of a forming butterfly, the embryo in the womb, the newborn babe, or any child or person. Each life is so precious and so fragile. Each life, each breath, each moment is a gift.

At any given moment our lives can change. We simply must make the most of this moment now and fill it with all the love we can. That is what I am going to go do now. I am off to spend time reading to my children, making cookies for new neighbors, and spreading and multiplying my love as far and and much as I can.

Today I have only today. Tomorrow is only a hope. Yesterday is but a dream. I must live today to realize the hope that tomorrow's yesterday will be a pleasant dream.


Bartel's said...

So true. Thank you for sharing your blog. I look forward to your posts. Thinking & praying for you!
~Kristi from WI

Bacardi Mama said...

What a lovely post. You have such a wonderful way with words. I think we all need to be reminded of these things sometimes. We get so caught up in the every day stuff that we forget what is really important. Thanks for the reminder.

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to share something beautiful that has been getting me ready for Easter:

kathryn_m said...

Very keen observations & sage advice, Stephanie.

Thnx for the reminder.

love 'n hugs,

runningmom said...

Love your last paragraph. Did you write that? Could I quote it in our Relief Society newsletter?

Stephanie said...

Yes and Yes.

Heather & Greg said...

I love this post, so true. So often we all take life for granted and in the blink of an eye it is gone. I just heard of a family who lost there three year old little girl to a drowning accident the day their 8 year old was to be baptised. A day that was suppose to be one of their greatest days has turned into their worst nightmare. I don't know this family but if you could add them to your prayers too it would be greatly appreciated. As always I hope you are feeling good as the day you meet your son quickly approaches.

Amanda said...

So very true in more ways than I can possibly say.

I love your last paragraph, so very poetic and so very right.

I wish you all the joy and wonder that you and your beautiful family can find!