Last Times


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This year has been full of “the Last Times” for my family. A lot of it is that we’ve moved across country and likely won’t go see certain friends again or go back to our favorite restaurant. My kids won’t go back to their schools, or play with close friends. There’s the last time I was with my Bible Study sisters before we moved, and last time I was with the friends I made at my job. Driving to our new home Florida I realized there had been many more “last times” but at the time I didn’t know that it would be the last time for that particular activity.

How long ago was it that my kids snuggled in bed with us on Saturday morning? Or when I was helping my daughter learn to ride her bike? What about the times my son was learning to cook and he needed my help in the kitchen? Or when we taught him to drive? There was the last Christmas my kids believed in Santa and the last time they went on an Easter Egg Hunt. There was the last time I saw my grandparents before they died. I’m no longer on active duty. I’m no longer a kid, or a young mother just trying to make it through the day. I look at my husband and wonder – “when did we get so gray?”

Life isn’t just about waiting for special events like birthdays, reunions, and holidays. We get so rushed trying to live our lives and move on to the next thing that we forget to savor the moments that are life. I pray for help to be more aware of what’s going on right now, and savor the special moments God has given to me. It may be the last time for that particular event.

Take some time to savor life today, because today will never come again.

Ecclesiastes 3

The Mystery of Time

There is an occasion for everything,
and a time for every activity under heaven:
a time to give birth and a time to die;
a time to plant and a time to uproot;[a]
a time to kill and a time to heal;
a time to tear down and a time to build;
a time to weep and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn and a time to dance;
a time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
a time to embrace and a time to avoid embracing;
a time to search and a time to count as lost;
a time to keep and a time to throw away;
a time to tear and a time to sew;
a time to be silent and a time to speak;
a time to love and a time to hate;
a time for war and a time for peace.

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4 thoughts on “Last Times

  1. “You never know when you might be seeing someone for the last time.” So true. This hit home with me 2 years ago when one of my closest friends came by my house for a short visit. When she was leaving we said the usual “let’s get together soon for lunch.” Less than 2 months later she ran off the road, hit a tree and was killed. Needless to say, we never had that lunch and it will be a forever regret for me that we didn’t, that I didn’t hug her goodbye that day and never told her how much I cherished her friendship. None of us are ever promised a tomorrow so yes, we do need to savor today’s moments.

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  2. I have stopped counting how many times I’ve had to say goodbye, without knowing it.

    I so relate to this post. When we left the W Coast years ago…for me it was because God “called”
    7 yrs later I could never have imagined the roads Jesus would walk with me on. The most recent farewell was a post I wrote on “Jenny”. But the very first was “Foreshadowing.”

    Thanks for sharing, change is always an adjustment so I’m Grateful God is constant!
    Blessings,
    -Kenzel

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