Friday, August 21, 2009

Fatherhood Friday – The Circle of Life


Today while working in my office I was witness to the circle of life.  Two mothers were in my office at the very same time.  One just had a baby and the other one just lost her baby. 

The young mother had this beautiful boy of 4 weeks.  He was a cute little guy crying his head off, but it sounded sweet.  This was her first baby and excitement was high. 

At the very same time the other mother just watched her 44 year old “baby” die this week.  He had a chronic disease and for the last month her son wanted to die.  My heart broke for this mother as she recalled how this was her youngest child and her good buddy.  They did everything together.  Now today she is a different woman having lost her buddy.

Life is full if these cycles.  This scene reminded me of Ecclesiastes 3

A Time for Everything
1 There is a time for everything,
       and a season for every activity under heaven:

2 a time to be born and a time to die,
       a time to plant and a time to uproot,

3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
       a time to tear down and a time to build,

4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
       a time to mourn and a time to dance,

5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
       a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

6 a time to search and a time to give up,
       a time to keep and a time to throw away,

7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
       a time to be silent and a time to speak,

8 a time to love and a time to hate,
       a time for war and a time for peace.

There is a time to be funny and laugh, and there is a time for somber reflection.  Give thanks for the great thing you are blessed with today.


  1. Great post. Makes you think! I am sorry about the lady who lost her son. It must be tough to bury your children. Thoughts are with her and her family!

  2. This might be my favorite quote from the Bible. I'm a teacher with a classroom full of Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and atheists, and no one has ever, ever objected to me reading a picture book with this as its text. That tells me it speaks as one of the greatest truths.


  3. I ran into a situation similiar to this just the other day. I was in the store with my son and this older woman came up to me to tell me how much she enjoyed my son smiling at her. Then she told me about how two of her three boys had passed away in the last year. While I don't know her personally, my heart breaks for her.

  4. My heart aches for her too. Seems like there is too much of this going on. A friend of ours was returning from an outreach event for the homeless last week. On the way home, they were hit by a drunk driver and their 4 yr old was killed. The verse is appropriate.


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