Life is Short, Be Swift to Love

Grief has worn away some of the sharp edges of my personality.

I’m still prone to impatience-especially when faced with incompetence or hateful behavior in others.

But I’m learning that walking gently through life is not only good for others, it’s good for ME.

Life IS short.  ‘

Not just the life of a child or teen or young adult cut down by accident or disease.

But even if I live my “threescore and ten” the Bible talks about, it will STILL be short.  Seventy, eighty, one hundred years set on the timeline of history or eternity is less than a pinpoint.

What do I want my legacy to be?  What do I want to leave behind for others to remember, to ponder, to carry in their hearts attached to my memory?

small things with great love

That’s easy.  I want my legacy to be love.

I want people to remember that I treated them with kindness, that I respected them as persons, that I reached out, reached down and never separated myself from them by false barriers, foolish divisions or fake measures of who is “better” and who is “worse”.

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More than anything I want people to feel that I made their burden lighter, not heavier.

So much of life is hard. 

So many things happen for which there is no remedy. 

I can’t choose everything, but I can choose love.

Life is short and we have not much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark way with us. Oh, be swift to love! Make haste to be kind.

– Henri Fredric Amiel

Author: Melanie

I am a shepherd, wife and mother of four amazing children, three that walk the earth with me and one who lives with Jesus. This is a record of my grief journey and a look into the life I didn't choose. If you are interested in joining a community of bereaved parents leaning on the promises of God in Christ, please like the public Facebook page, "Heartache and Hope: Life After Losing a Child" and join the conversation.

5 thoughts on “Life is Short, Be Swift to Love”

  1. I am on a similar pathway…and you know what…there is something totally liberating and freeing to have some CONTROL. We have been left so powerless by the losses we have all sustained, but being able to control how we live our lives on the other side of these losses is so empowering. So, yes, I too choose love. What a wonderful feeling that brings. Thanks, Melanie.

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    1. Yes! Doing what we can to chart our own path through this Valley is empowering! I’m always thankful and encouraged when I hear that a parent is choosing love. I think one of the things I’ve become very sensitized to is the fact that there is SO much pain and suffering everywhere, every day. I can’t alleviate even a tiny fraction of it by global standards, but I can make a difference in my corner of the world. That’s what I want to do. It’s what Dom did. ❤

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