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Divine Note #11-06 - Tell someone that you love them

February 13, 2011
Psalm 146:4 (GW) When they breathe their last breath, they return to the ground. On that day their plans come to an end.

While waiting to visit my Mom in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) last week someone “coded.” That's hospital jargon for died. The staff didn’t allow us into the unit until they had removed the deceased person. There is something so sacred about death – it’s the moment when your history on the earth stops and you move into eternity.

I deal with illness and death in my ministry, but I can honestly say that this experience truly touched me because my own Mother was in the ICU. A month earlier, my sister was also critically ill, and I faced the reality that I would be broken-hearted if anything happened to her.

I encourage you to fix any family or friendship ties that are strained due to anger, bitterness and any other negative emotions that break relationships apart. Over the years, our family lost some of the closeness we shared as key members passed away. It has been difficult watching my mother’s illness progress and the toll it has taken on my family. It took God to bring out the caregiver in me and to equip me to care for my mom. He has given me a renewed closeness and love for my mom.

We all deal with things that happen in our lives. But we turn bitter and negative when we don’t resolve issues or allow God to help us heal the wounds. Life is too short to harbor ill feelings for family and friends. Make amends now. Tell someone that you love them and that you appreciate them just as God made them. You aren’t perfect either.


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