[Lake Powell, circa 1991]
Today I am celebrating life.
life : the condition that distinguishes organisms from inorganic objects & dead organisms, being manifested by growth through metabolism, reproduction, and the power of adaptation to environment through changes originating internally.
Even though this may be the worlds definition of life, I know it is much much more than that.
I believe that life is a gift & that when we come to understand who we are & who we are to become,
the full meaning of life unfolds to us.
Some may believe that there is no God & that the end of all human life is personal annihilation -- a
dark philosophy of despair that eventually leads to the conclusion that life is meaningless.
Such persons think that cruelty & compassion, hatred & love, good & evil are all equally meaningless & that it matters not what one does nor how one treats others.
As the belief in God wanes, so too does the view that life has meaning, purpose or value.
Perceptions about the nature of mankind influence our own knowledge
& understanding of the meaning of life.
But God has a plan for his children.
This plan explains that our soul purposes to come to this earth were to obtain a body, be tested &
tried as we walk by faith, to come to know & love God & His son Jesus Christ, to establish a family,
& at the end of our mortal journey to present ourselves worthy before God.
The end of life is coming near someone dear to my heart.
Someone who has exemplified many characteristics of Christ.
She has taught me how to love ; unconditionally.
She has taught me how to serve others ; no matter what.
She has taught me how to cherish life ; every moment.
You are in my heart Aunt Christy.
I am celebrating your life today.