Monday, April 13, 2009

Before they are gone

Blog will be closed for a few days.
I am struggling with a tremendous loss today.
What is strange is that this morning before I left , I made myself late because I wanted to take these pics of the orchids Shawn bought me before they were done blooming. I wanted to capture them at their most spectacular.
The morning light was amazing this morning as I took these. I didn't want to miss this opportunity to enjoy the beauty of them ! I walk by them everyday and never stopped to take their pictures, almost taking those blooms for granted.


When I got it there were only a few blooms. Now it's amazing! How one bloom can turn into several blooms!

I found out today that a mentor, teacher, pastor of mine was killed in a horrific accident.
I had not talked to him in a year or more and found out through a former classmate of mine.
He was one of the victims of the LA Commuter train accident in September when the train hit a freight train because the conductor was texting while on duty.
I respected him and his faith was immeasurable, he was a pastor, teacher,coach and friend.

Don't wait for the perfect morning light, don't wait for more blossoms to bloom, if you wait too long to appreciate the blooms you have you will missed it.
I think it's ironic that I picked TODAY to take these pics and TODAY I found out about Mr. Long. Mr. Long is in heaven with Our Father Jesus Christ and his salvation is revealed.
Amen
After graduation we were not allowed to call him MR. Long anymore, but calling him Paul was weird. What this loss has done to my heart is going to take a long time to get back, I cherished him greatly, and I should have told him that often.
Go enjoy your blossoms, revel in their glory and beauty that God gave them, that blossom only comes once.
Psalms 103 14-16
14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. 15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. 16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

8 comments:

Kristina P. said...

I am sorry to hear about your loss, Jocelyn. He seemed like a good man.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

(((HUGS))) for you Jocelyn.

The blossoms are lovely, my friend.

Lisa

wilsonc said...

I'm sorry Jocelyn.

Mrs Mom said...

Will keep you in my prayers here JP. Live every day to the fullest- for as you said... We don't know what the next moment may bring.

Hugs for you guys...

Cactus Jack Splash said...

My gosh, I am so sorry for your loss.
The flowers are lovely.
Take care and hugs from here.

The Wife said...

I am so sorry for your loss. The flowers are beautiful. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

Stephanie said...

I am so sorry to hear about your loss - that was such a endless accident.

It is always a sad when God calls someone home before we think they are ready to go.

I will keep you in my thoughts and prayer today.

Sharon said...

That is so sad Jocelyn. You are right about appreciating each other in the here and now.

with gentle hugs, Sharon