We humans mark our time here on earth by anniversaries. The news has been filled with the activities and retrospectives regarding the first anniversary of the 2005 hurricane Katrina. The next anniversary is the fifth anniversary of September 11, 2001. Aside from security being tighter at the airports and people more aware of the devastation of Mother Nature, nothing has really changed. Those who choose to serve their fellow man will always be there in midst of the crisis at hand, while those who armchair quarterback will always be able to tell others how to do things they have no clue about. Such is the beast of man.
I know that I sound cynical, but I’m just trying to make my little corner of the world better. Like everyone else I mark my life by dates that have affected me. Each time a niece or nephew is born in my family; I celebrate the sanctity of life and give thanks for the growth of my family. So far I’ve got nine birthdays’ to celebrate and counting. I remember the sorrow I felt with the passing of my father after a long and debilitating illness, which robbed him of his quality of life but not of his spirit. He fought to the end and at the end he made sure to tell each one of his children how much he loved them. I remember each event in my life that has shaped me and made me the person I am. My life road may have been filled with peril and strife and joy and comfort, but I came through wiser and stronger.
As I remember my own anniversaries, I hope that I can honor the anniversaries of others. Each event adds to the tapestry of life. Because, our lives are interwoven and connected, I try to live a life that will help those around me. So that when tragedy or joy touches me I can help those in need and celebrate the small and big victories. For as lonely as life can feel, we are never alone. We are surrounded by our family and community. We are surrounded by God’s love. God knows our every moment. I have learned that He waits for us to ask for His help. As we approach our various anniversaries, we need to ask for help from God that we may remember the lessons learned, soften the harsh edges of pain, sharpen the memories of the loved ones lost, and share the joyful moments with those around us. We are not alone.