Sharing in the lives of others

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Today will be one of those “focus” days for me, the kind that shakes me out of the routine to look at the big questions in life.  I’m leaving in a few minutes to go comfort a friend.  This same friend lost her son in Afghanistan two months ago.  Yesterday she got the news that her youngest daughter took her life.  This time I can do more than sympathize, as my brother-in-law took his life years ago.  I remember the pain, anguish, anger, and regret that swirled around us for weeks afterward.  Still, I don’t know what to say, but I’m not letting that stop me from going.  After that I’m headed to a surprise birthday celebration for a young woman in our church who is turning 25.

Life is so short.

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