One morning, I sat in the waiting room with another woman. She was wrapped in the blue hospital robe, wearing striped socks. She looked nervous. I was nervous too. “I had breast cancer 3 years ago. Stage 4. I have been sick ever since” her voice trembled. We made conversation while waiting, both of our bodies weakened by illness. “My husband made me a bedroom downstairs for the days I am too weak to climb the stairs.” She grew quiet and reflective. “I just want my life back. I feel like a burden to my husband.” Her voice trembled, “I have so much I want to do, but I get too tired.”
- Being prepared does not mean living in fear, but acknowledging that your body is only temporary.
- Being prepared means, we must live each day, taking time to be fully present.
- Being prepared means forgiving and making amends.
- Being prepared means recognizing and being thankful for God’s mercies in our daily living.
- Being prepared means being receptive to change.
- Being prepared means opening your hurting, loving arms to help others who are hurting.
- Being prepared means allowing yourself to be vulnerable…allowing yourself to receive because you are open.
- Being prepared is seeing beauty all around you, even in the darkness.
- Being prepared helps us choose hope.
- Being prepared changes your heart.
- Being prepared means saying, “God. I am yours.”
God says we should be prepared in season and out of season. We may all live to be 100 years old, but preparing ourselves along the way, we are creating our legacy. What a wonderful way to live our lives!