Thursday, April 16, 2009

Easter: Thursday, April 16, 2009

Today, if you'll allow, I'd like to take a point of personal privilege

First, to everyone that reads this, either though email or on my blog, I hope these reflections are a help to your soul and your journey with God.

I started doing these about 4 years ago, just as a way to keep my accountable in my own devotional life, and it's kind of turned into what it's turned into. I hope it's a blessing to you. It's always been one to me to do it.

Today is a day that is bittersweet for me. It is my mama's birthday. I was actually raised by my grandparents. The adopted my when I was 2 (and they were in their 40's! Can you imagine) I'm thankful for her love, support, and all she has given me through my life to help me to this point in my life. Happy birthday mama!

It is also the date my biological mother, who I call Mama Sarah, was murdered. She was killed protecting me, in fact, she was carrying me out of the house when she was shot.

I haven't ever written much about it. I talk about it in sermons some, but don't write much about it. I'm a pretty private person. Don't like sharing a lot of personal info. Guess it was the way I was raised.

April 16 is always a bittersweet day for me. I celebrate the life of the mother that raised me. I mourn the loss of the mother that laid down her life protecting me. And I pray I live a life worthy of the love both have given me.

Why am I sharing this with you today. Live fully today. Live with abandon today. Don't rely upon tomorrow. Don't half way do something today. If you love someone, tell them. If you have something to say, say it. If God has called you to something, do it.

Live. Today. It's what God has given you. Live.

1 comment:

  1. thanks for sharing andy. you have made incredible use of the life you have. your mama sarah must have been a wonderful person.