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503rd -- From A Tear To A Smile


One mystery that man will never know is when their time on the earth will
end. There are a few exceptions that we can think of, but other than that
we really don't know when our life on earth will come to an end. This gives
us all the more reason to enjoy this day to its fullest and make memories 
with our friends and loved ones that will last either their lifetime or 
ours. We are to enjoy each other sharing our wisdom, our time and most 
importantly the love that we have for those who mean so much to us. Never
think that you have tomorrow to share a special word or mend a broken 
friendship because tomorrow is a mystery which no man knows, but today is
a gift to be relished and shared with those whom we love. (1 Peter 3:10)

I hope this message ministers to your heart to not wait for the future to
do what you can today because you never know when this gift of life will be
taken away.


Looking down at the cemetery plot, I could only feel tears streaming down
my face. My grandmother had just passed away at the age of 96, almost 97.
People were constantly saying to me, “...but she lived such a full and long
life;” however, at that moment none of those statements really mattered. I
only felt a sense of loss--a huge one at that. Still, with my eyes on the
grave, with tears welling up, I began remembering my grandmother.

I could even begin seeing what I thought might be shadows of her in the 
cemetery grave. I thought I was also experiencing the wonderful scents of
her kitchen-- the aroma of her wonderful chicken soup that filled her pots
every Friday afternoon and the fragrance of the sizzling potato pancakes 
which always had been my favorites.

Just then I remembered a story about my grandmother when she was in the 
hospital one time, already in her late 80's. She was in a special hospital
room for an x-ray to be taken. The technician left the room ready to turn
the x-ray machine on; however, my grandmother started screaming, “WAIT, WAIT!”

The technician stormed back into the room frantically asking, “Mrs. Segal,
Mrs. Segal, are you okay? What's the matter?”

To this, my almost 90-year old grandmother calmly replied, “You failed to
ask me whether I might be pregnant.”

That, and many more positive stories about my grandmother, told me who she
really was. As I stood at the cemetery, I noticed that my tears had changed
to smiles.

The key, I believe, to overcoming grief is in “memories.” As long as I 
remember my grandmother in my heart; she will always be “with me.”

As the funeral ended, I whispered to my grandmother that I loved her very
much and I would visit her soon--if not at the cemetery, then in my memories.

By Michael Jordan Segal

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Ephesians 4:29-32 “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth,
but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace 
unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are 
sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and
anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all
malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one
another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

James 4:13-14 “Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into
such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: 
Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It
is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”

Philippians 4:8-9 “Finally, brethren whatsoever things are true, whatsoever
things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, 
whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if 
there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 
Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen
in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today’s Selected Poem: HIS BIRTH POEM
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/enpoem127.htm

Today’s Selected Testimony: JESUS MY DELIVERER
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony136.htm

In Christ’s Love and Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God's Work Ministry


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