Thursday, July 5, 2012

Taking time to reach out....( Annie's Memories...)‏

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Hi ....
Everyday we hear of so many tragic deaths, passing away of loved ones and wonder how life flutters away.
So many who were there yesterday are not there to see this day.
But the one who dies in Christ has the blessed assurance of eternal life and a home beyond the sky.
Do our loved ones know JESUS/YESHUA?? What have we done to share God's love with them.
Let's do all we can to share God's love with other's around. Let's not put off for tomorrow what we can do today. Let's pray for the lost souls we know, TODAY.
Tomorrow may be too late.
Yesterday has gone, tomorrow may never be ours but 'Today' is God's gift to us.
 We sometimes get so.....caught up in our daily activities that we fail to see and truly appreciate the people in our lives.
Let's not take them for granted. Let's make our parents, spouse and kids feel they are special.
Let's love them and give them our best, for tomorrow is not ours as yet.
Let's take time to pray together as family before the kids go to school or before we go out for the day for it's not guaranteed that we'll see each other in the evening.
Let's remember to value our friends and loved ones who are part of our life and leave them with good words so that we are fondly remembered.
I had this friend called Annie in college. She was my best friend during the 4 years I was in college.
After these 4 years I somehow lost touch with her and the next time I heard of her was around 10 years back. I was so shocked to hear from a common friend that Annie had died in a Bus accident a couple of years after she got married and her body was taken home in so many
pieces in a sack bag.
She was a hostelite when in college and I still remember how she use to wait for me everyday and shared all her joys, hurts!
She used to see me as her sounding board and also trusted me and shared her feelings with me.
She came from a troubled family and had never felt love at home. She was sent away to live in the hostel and study even as a kid.
I had to counsel her so often as she carried a lot of pain and hurt.
We've cried together, laughed together, we also had our share of misunderstandings.
When we had some misunderstanding, she was the one who used to reach out as she didn't want to loose this friendship we shared.
But 3 days before our final day in college (we had finished our graduation and were to part ways for good) we had an argument about something and I got mad at her.
(The sad thing is at that time both of us did not know JESUS CHRIST as our personal Savior, we were just name sake Christians.).
The 2nd last day when I went to college I passed around my autograph book to my class-mates to write a note for me...
This is what Ann wrote to me,
" What happened to our friendship Julie?? After all I am your Ann, why can't we forgive & forget everything. Please dear friend if at all I have hurt you by words or deeds please forgive me. Today I felt so...sad about our behavior. You were a nice friend & councilor too (still are). Cheer up Julie, only one more day. I'm sad and sorry about that fight. Wish you the best. "Yours Ann.
But I was really upset I didn't talk to her that day.
The next day was our last day...she came to me and said sorry again(I still remember the sad look on her face and tears filled eyes) we did hug and make up but had just a little time to talk. That's the last I seen her.
We somehow lost touch after that...
(how I wish I had kept in touch!!)
Today she's no more. That last note she wrote to me is the only thing I have with me.
When I heard she was broke my know the first thought that crossed my mind was whether she had given her heart to Jesus!
During our college days we both didn't know the Lord personally even though we were from Christian families.
But I wasn't sure if she got to know JESUS personally as her Savior later on. I just hope the Lord found her as He found me and I'll see her someday in Abba Father's home!
Still remember her.
Just 2 weeks back I was showing the note Ann wrote in my Autograph to my daughter and couldn't contain my tears and my daughter cried with me....
That made me think that we should never give up praying for friends and loved one who don't know Jesus. I would want to see Annie in Heaven I can only hope she was saved.
True Friends are God's gift to us let's treasure them and also keep praying for friends who are lost and still wandering....without knowing the one who said....
Let's not miss an opportunity to show the people in our lives how special they are and how much we love them.
Let's be willing to forgive when people hurt us and also be ready to say 'sorry' when we upset them. Let pride for make us too hard hearted.
So today let's thank God for all the people in our lives and value these treasured relationships.
Today let's take time to tell them we care.
Let's do all we can to share about God's love to those who are lost.
Too often... 
Too often we don't realize
What we have until it is gone.
Too often we wait too late to say
"I'm sorry - I was wrong."

Sometimes it seems we hurt the ones
We hold dearest to our hearts;
And we allow foolish things
To tear our lives apart.

Far too many times we let
Unimportant things into our minds;
And then it's usually too late
To see what made us blind.

So be sure that you let people know
How much they mean to you.
Take the time to say the words
Before your time is through.

Be sure that you appreciate
Everything you've got;
And be thankful for the little things
in life that mean a lot.

One lesson I learnt long back....
All things and all people we meet are for a Reason,
Elohiym God has place them in their Season,
and they will have a everlasting effect in our life.
We need to Stand strong, and do not be moved!
~~Things will change,
~~People will change, (even friends who promise to stay by our side will walk away when troubles come)
~~This world around us will change,
~~But Elohiym God WILL NEVER EVER change!
~~He remains the same forevermore!
Have a Blessed day....

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