Now...I'm not sure if Mom realized what she was quoting was a version of scripture, or not, but ever since I found those verses in James, I've looked at what she said in a much different light.
So...what made me even think of this????...when I was walking yesterday morning, I thought about everything that had happened to our family in the past week. Can you believe it's been a week already? It feels like I've been in a fog. Anyway, that scripture came to mind. So many times, after a tragedy, people change....people draw closer, we're kinder to each other, we offer our help more. My prayer is that it lasts forever between all of Pappy's brothers and sisters and all the extended family members. I want us to always be there for each other, no matter what the need is. I don't want it to just last for a little while until part of the grief passes, and we all get back to our busy lives. When I looked up the verses in James, I was really touched by the part that says "your life is like the morning fog, it's here for a little while, then it's gone." Isn't that the truth? I wonder sometimes where the time has gone, and how I got this old so fast!!! Where did my youth go??? Our grandsons are already growing up so fast, it scares me. And, it doesn't seem like it's been going on 35 years since I first met Pappy's Mom and Dad...and now we don't have either of them in our lives any longer.
If you look up the verses in James, the following are reference verses that go along with them:
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:31-32 (NLT)
I think I've used these verses in one of my posts before...but...remember....if you hear it twice, it's from the Lord and we need to listen...that goes for me, too. I know that He's speaking directly to me!!!
In His Love...and with mine!!!