By: Kerri Young
“Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” James 4:14
I’m a little short on words today. Yesterday at the university where my husband and I work a young girl was found dead in her dorm room. I won’t go into the particulars of how she died, but I will say that when her parents sent her back to school in January for the second semester they had no idea she would never return home or that they wouldn’t get to hug their sweet girl one more time.
As a coach of young people her age, it makes me want to call each of them and tell them how special they are and how much I care about them. But more than anything, as a mother of young kids still blessedly untouched by the harsh world we live in, it makes me want to hold them a little closer today.
Tomorrow is not promised, friends. I want to challenge you today, just for a few moments throughout the day, to forget about the household duties that are beckoning you. Forget about the clothes that need to be put away, the dishes in the sink, the piles of paper on the counter that need to be sorted, and even the dinner that needs to be made. All of these things can be dealt with later.
Go love on your kids.
Go give them hugs and kisses and engage in what they are doing. Sit and watch “Dinosaur Train” with them snuggled in your lap and actually talk to them about the show. Plop down on the floor with them and make believe with their dolls or build a train track. Curl up on the couch with a good book and read it out loud together. Take the time to sing and pray with them before they go down for a nap or bedtime and be sure to kiss their foreheads and whisper in their ears that you love them.
When your bigger kids get home from school, take time to really see them and interact about their day. Ask them questions and listen to their answers with undivided attention, even just for five minutes. Hug those big kids, even if they say they don’t like it. Pray with them and for them as many times during the day as they’ll let you.
Above all, just be sure your children know how much you love them…through your actions and your words. If tomorrow doesn’t come for you or your kids, may there be no question how much their mommy/momma/mom/mother loved them.
Praying the giver of all good things will fill you to overflowing with the grace, patience, and energy you need to love your kiddos the best you can today!
And would you please join me in praying for peace that surpasses all understanding for the grieving mom of this sweet girl who passed away yesterday? God knows her name.