Monday, October 13, 2008

A wonderful gift!

I got a wonderful gift this weekend! Friday, as I was finishing getting ready for that night's message I had a call from my son Mikey, who is in his last year at Southern Oregon University. I always enjoy it when my son calls and as I settled down to an uninterrupted conversation with this young man I love so dearly, someone started knocking at the gate entrance to our property. The strange thing was that I could hear the knocking on my cell phone...I thought...wow...that's weird...and as I opened the gate to tell the person(s) knocking that I was on the on the phone with my son...low and behold, it was my son! What a shock! Mikey's wife (Shae's) uncle Danny (who is mainly responsible for Shae and Mikey getting together) had flown himself and Mikey to Maui for the weekend. It was one of the most wonderful gifts I have ever received. Shelly, Maisha and I enjoyed Danny and Mikey's company all weekend long and then put them back on the plane Sunday afternoon to Oregon. Needless to say, I squeezed every moment of life I could out of this last weekend! I live everyday pretty much like that, squeezing the life out of life...trying to get all I kind out of the life God has given me. The interesting thing is that since being diagnosed with terminal cancer I find that the thing I am looking for in life is just being close to the people I love, just sharing the moment with them. All that is important when your life may be terminated is having the people you love around you and feeling the love of God in and through them. I am constantly close to the Lord, so the things that are important to Him are the important things to me. I don't think I have ever lived any fuller than I am right now...just savoring every minute of life while at the same time...having a real peace about it all because I truly believe that in Jesus, I have eternal life as well. It is an awesome way to live your life. To really live and move and have your being in God...trusting that no matter what, you will never really be separated from the one's you love who love God as well brings me great peace and a deep joy. I pray you have that peace and deep joy in God today. That in Christ Jesus you have found God's love and eternal promise for you and your loved ones. I pray that you are living beyond the circumstances of your life today regardless of the difficulties and what things look like...I pray that you are still squeezing all the life out of life you can ...soaking in the moment God gives you...concentrating on the things that are truly important, good, and valuable. I pray for you today...that you will love your family, friends and children, your work and class mates, even your bosses and employees. Love God...enjoy His gifts of goodness to you...His gifts are those we love and those that love us...that is life! I hope to teach again this Friday Night...I need your prayers to stay strong....your gifts to me, your love and encouragement sustain my life and enrich it more than I could ever have imagined. I thank you with all I have to give thanks with!

In His love forever and with deep gratitude for yours,
kit

11 comments:

Nicole and Naseem Aboudaher said...

Hi Kit!
I never thought I or anyone could be jealous of a man with an awful disease but I am so jealous of you and how loved you are. Your love and drive to serve others is so beautiful. I love you Kit wish I could hang out with you. I have stopped praying for a miracle because whenever I pray that I feel like God tells me the miracle already is you Kit and your life now. Really every time. So I just pray God heals you and leaves the miracle you have already been given. xxxooo Nicole

Liza's Eyeview said...

Our prayers are with you Kit. and with your family. I'm glad Mikey came to spend time with you all :)

Joe and Karen said...

What an awesome post, Kit! I couldn't agree more. Now that Joey is gone, we feel that our best moments were those when we just spent time together, just being, just loving each other. Nothing on earth is more precious than the time we have with those we love. Even in our grief, we are trying to cherish the times we have now. They are magic moments.

God also reminded me yesterday that Heaven is also full of magic moments...better is one day in your courts than thousands elsewhere. That gave me peace that even though Joey isn't with us, he is having a better time.

We love you and give thanks for all you have given us, Kit. Our cup runs over.

Anonymous said...

Kit,I would loved to have seen your face when you saw Mikey standing at the gate!! You have humbled and inspired all of us with the way you are living your life victoriously in spite of your cancer and diagnosis.We love you and continue to pray for healing.
Shelly,we feel the same love for you and anyone can see God's light shining forth from you.Joyce S.

Ron and Barbara said...

Kit, My life and I"m sure many others, are richer and fuller because of your teaching.

Thank You

Mike Leonard said...

Hey Kit,

Thanks for sharing the blessings and your prayers. Susan and I are praying for you always. Ain't life a trip?
Your words are encouraging.

Hold fast

Mike

Anonymous said...

This was a beautiful message and I think I read it about three times just now. I was telling my husband earlier about how truly stressed out I was today, how it was a day from hell starting from early this morning and lasted until the end of the evening, and I complained about every little thing that posed a challenges to me. But then at the end of the day I got to come home to my son, husband and dogs and somehow everything seemed right with the world again. There is so much in this life that is way more important than the petty daily stresses and worries. You're right; I need to squeeze the life out of life. Thanks for the message and for the reminder about what's important. I am praying for you and your family. I hope you're feeling well.

Kymberly said...

What a wonderful lesson you have learned and can teach us. All in God's plan, right? Love You Kit! Kymmy

Josh said...

What a blessing to have Mikey boy around. It brings a smile to my face to think of the smile that was on yours when he walked through the gate. You deserve every bit of happiness that this life can offer. You make great points about stopping to smell the roses of life. Love you Kit!

Faithfully waiting on the Lord,
Josh

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful gift to see Mikey and have times so special and set apart with your beautiful family. As I read your entry and began to pray for you, I prayed what I thought I should and then suddenly this became my prayer for you...

Jesus, I thank you for THIS day. Thank you that I am blessed in THIS moment. My flesh may be relentlessly fixed on the difficult road before me but my spirit, my heavenly eyes see how You completely surround me...

Love you so much Kit

Anonymous said...

Had not realized how powerful your blog has been in my life. Since arriving on Maui I have not been turning it on till today. I found out how much I have missed not only with what you have to say but the responses as well. I have a lighter heart and passion for the Lord because of your teachings. I have said before we are blessed to be lead and have people in our lives when times are good and bad. I have no words really to express how I feel about your messages to everyone. I am honored to be part of your life and through Jesus that was made possible. I will always hold a special part in my heart for you and Shelly. God has certaily shown us that He is the one to lean on, listen to and humbly except him into our lives always. Continued prayers go out to you.
Your friends in Christ Nick and Sharon