In a Blink of an Eye

In a Blink of an Eye

Sitting in her kitchen enjoying a morning cup of coffee with her husband, a four foot torrent of mud ravaged through my sister’s house knocking her husband down to the ground.

Thankfully Larry could get up and both he and my sister hurried to higher ground. This turned out to be more of a chore than it sounds because my sister, Peggy having a knee replacement 6 days prior, was forced to flee sans walking aids.

As we’ve so sadly witnessed recently that life can turn in a second, unannounced. One doctor’s diagnosis, one storm, one missed red light, one frantic phone call, or one beat of the heart.

Sometimes we get so caught up in our day-to-day living that we take our life for granted. We fall into the trap of thinking that this human condition is forever.

Our lives consist of a collage of all these precious TEMPORARY years, days, and minutes that we are on this earth – for better or worse.

Often is takes the jolt of a tragedy to look to God for meaning. We need to remind ourselves that God is with us, and speaking to us through ANY situation.

Even in the thick of turmoil, the Shared Presence of God can be felt. One phone call, one friend, one act of patience, one thoughtful gesture, one encouraging comment and one idea or one leap of faith can move us in a new direction.

So let’s share this powerful gift, both on good days and bad. Let’s share this steadfast compassionate presence. Our strength, our goodness and our willingness to continue walking at the side of our friend, can in time, become the strength and goodness of our friend.

We all have these wonderful gifts to give. What a sadness it would be if we failed to give them.

“Life is temporary, but Love is eternal.” – Bomi Jolly

Remember that everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.




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  1. This message is so true. My older sister fell and hit her head on 12/31/17. She had surgery on her head and ended up having a brain bleed. She still has not woken up and is like a stroke victim. It is so sad and hard to see her this way.

    • Hi Mary K.
      That breaks my heart to hear that your family is going through this sadness. We all know how precious life is but when it really happens it pulls the rug out from under our world. I will keep your family in my thought and prayers. Hang in there. Blessings and love to you.

  2. I am so sorry to hear about Peggy and her husband and their horrible mudslide. I’ve forgotten where they live, Patty. I will keep them in my prayers. I hope Peggy’s knee is healing without problems. This is such a wonderful message in your blog today. Thank you, Jane

    • Hi Jane, Life is so precious as we all know but when tragedy happens so quickly it knocks us for a loop. It will be difficult for Peg to rehab and not overdo…we are all a little hyper! Thanks for your kind words.

  3. Dear Mary Kay, I am so sorry to hear about your sister. This is so very sad. I will keep her and your whole family in my thoughts and in my prayers. Love, Jane Camenzind Maurer

  4. This is so true. The last 2 years I have spent every waking moment with my husband, who is battling stage 2 metastatic lung cancer. I no longer take our time together for granted.

    Patty, thank you for sharing your inspirational writing.

    • Hi Isabel, I’ll keep you and your husband in my thoughts and prayers as you battle the difficulties. Our time on this earth is never a “given”. Enjoy each precious minute. Blessings to you.

  5. Patty,
    All of your “thoughts for the day”, seem to be just what I need to remember THAT day!
    Thanks and hugs,

    • HI Gherrie, so glad to hear from you and your encouraging words. We all need a few reminders to keep the important things in life a priority! Blessings to you.


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