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There were only 39 homes in our neighborhood of Palm Lake, Florida, so it didn’t take long for my late wife, Bobby, and I to meet each of the residents when we moved there. In fact, not long after I moved there, I was asked to serve on the board of the Homeowners Association. I reluctantly said yes. A year later, I became president. Again, what was I thinking?
What this meant was that Bobby and I had the opportunity to get to know our neighbors better. I knew immediately which was the angry rogue and which was the angel.
We lived with these people, and we died with them as a result. We said goodbye to Bobby 17 years after we moved there, but before she died, she told two of her friends, “I wish Robert would marry Nancy. ‘ said. She didn’t tell me this.
Almost a year later, I took my new fiancé, Nancy, for a walk. As I circled this familiar loop, I told her about each family. their names and how many children and grandchildren played sports and what they did for work. I also filled her in on my relationship with each. It may or may not be good.
My heart pounded as I passed Scotty’s house. By this time, he and Angela had moved out. I lost contact with them. Scotty and I have been through a lot together. We endured long board meetings, decorated his lake entrance with palm lights for Christmas, decorated American flag bunting for his memorial day, and pressure washed every sidewalk. And many more.
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The reason my ticker skyrocketed was because the minute I passed his house, I realized there were a few things I hadn’t discussed with Scotty. These were the things that creeped me out in the busyness of our friendship and neighborhood—something that Scotty and I should have covered alone. I said what I wanted to say to him, but he didn’t. The truth I still need to tell myself every day.
If you know where Scotty has gone, you might be able to share these things with him. His 5 quick topics I didn’t talk to him about, but pretend you’re my neighbor and talk to him as gently as you can. Between us only:
1. You are going to die. And I’m going to die
Sooner or later, no matter how old you and I are today, our hearts will squeeze the last of their strength, our eyes will close, and we will be gone. I wish we were talking about death. him and mine. we didn’t. But you and I are still on the north side of the lawn, so I think it’s safe to say this.
2. Since death is certain, can I recommend planning for the ending?
Be sure to indicate where and how you would like to be buried. Should a funeral be held? who should speak? Is it okay to have music? If you think I’m overprogramming, pretend you didn’t do any of these things and imagine your loved ones looking at each other with the news of your death They are wondering what you would like to do now that you are gone. Planning these last things before you die will be a gift to your survivors.
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3. This may sound silly, but you should try to thank and congratulate your loved ones before they get to room temperature.
I will do this as soon as possible because someday I won’t be able to.
Maybe you can speak or write a blessing over them now. And while you’re at it, you can clear a deck of unfinished businesses. may include identifying and confessing that When you and I ask them to give us grace and forgiveness, they probably will.
4. Okay, I’m going to get really personal, but this pre-death plan may need to include tidying up.
Over the years you have probably collected things. You’ll find everything from teacups to rare spoons, crystal figurines, books, Madame Alexander figurines and antique shaving tools.
Please listen carefully. Your survivors don’t want yours. These people may include your children and grandchildren. they love you They miss you when you’re gone. But they don’t want yours. Do something about the clutter now so your child doesn’t have to. I spent some time at Scotty’s house and saw several collections. he needed to know this.
5. From now until you breathe your last, ask God to stand by you, or draw near to you.
His promise is that he will. The Lord is near, and you and I need to do what our friends and family do with Him before it’s too late. Clear the deck of unfinished business. Confess, repent, and receive God’s cleansing forgiveness. After 42 years of marriage, when Bobby was diagnosed with Stage IV ovarian cancer, her daughters and I made a decision. We believe that, no matter how long Bobby has been away from her, this terminal diagnosis is a combination of God’s grace, God’s love, God’s mercy, forgiveness, and that she will spend eternity with God. I decided to give Bobby the opportunity to use it as a megaphone for enthusiasm.
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she did this beautifully. And as a witness at her funeral, there were tears, but she also had laughter and celebration. and resolved. As the preachers of old often cried, “Make things right with God.” That’s a pretty good idea too.
Ever since moving away from the old neighborhood. Lost contact with Scotty. We haven’t seen or spoken to each other for a long time. But if I could turn the clock back a few years and walk past his house one more time before he moved out, I’d take the time to walk down the sidewalk in front of him and knock on the door and see these tell him about
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He may think I’m crazy for asking him about such a serious matter. We may express our gratitude to
Oh, and then I also hugged Scotty and didn’t die until I told him he was my friend and how much I loved him, thanking him for finally letting me say these things appreciate.
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