Thoughts from a funeral

We had another funeral in IA this week. Lisa?s grandfather passed away last Sunday. His wife passed away a few months ago. Grandpa has been in poor health for a number of years. Although it?s never easy to deal with losing a loved one, it certainly wasn?t unexpected in his case.

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Something the pastor said at the funeral has been on my mind. The pastor mentioned that each gravestone has a set of dates with a dash in between. That little line, represents a life. He asked us “how are you living your dash?”

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As I?ve pondered that the past few days, I?ve thought about the times where I?ve gotten stuck in everyday routine, just sort of taking life as it comes. I?ve thought about the times that I?ve spent “living for tomorrow” instead of being fully present today. I?ve also thought about what kind of family memories I?m creating…what stories will my family tell at my funeral?

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For me, that question, “how are you living your dash?” was a great reminder that life is happening now and I need to make the most of every day.

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Grace,
?Chris