It was a short little video with tag line across the top – This Christmas advert is the best one yet. (Originally titled Love is a gift.) Perhaps you have seen it. It showed a man in his apartment decorating a tree and going about his day marking off each date in December until the 25th came which is the chosen day to celebrate the birth of Christ.
On that Christmas morning, he put in a cassette tape and began to listen to the last tape his mum recorded for him.
It was in a box with many others all lined up and ready to be listened to in specific years. The sub-caption was: I can’t cope with this. I posted it to my page and wrote: Don’t waste the gift of time.
Since we were made to live infinitely, we don’t think about the limited time we have here on earth often enough until sickness or death creeps in. I surmise the back story was his mum knew she was dying and used some time to record messages for the future.
Now her boy was 30 and all grown. She told him she was proud of him and thanks for remembering her. She told him to never forget how much she loves him. She also said it was time to say good bye and that this tape was her last message.
She used his pet name Poppet and said how she wished she could be there to see how he has grown. It ended with her telling him that the happiest day of her life was the day he was born. The screen went black and the words ‘love is a gift’ ran across.
As tears unashamedly poured down my cheeks so many thoughts ran through my head: how I wished I had more time with some who have gone before, how I wished I had recorded the beautiful prayer my father-in-law prayed over all of us and our future children just days before he passed, how I wished I had more time with my mum. The resounded thought that still pricks my heart was this: How determined I am to live life out loud making it a little brighter, more joyful and fun for those I am doing life with.
We do not know the day or hour death may come knocking on our door but it seems it is always unexpected even when expected.
In the meantime, don’t waste the gift of time. Use it to…
for time really is our most valuable commodity.
“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Proverbs 90.12
Check out this previous post to keep you from wasting time: https://bethechurch.home.blog/2019/01/22/drifting/
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