We are all given a finite time on this earth, realizing that someday we will pass on from this place to the next. However, "someday" is so vague, we often (myself included) forget how truly valuable each day is since we don't know the day or time we will be called home to our Heavenly Father. Although it would be emotionally exhausting to think of each day as our last & wonder when it will be our time to go, I think we should at least try our very best to remember that each day were are given is a blessing from God. And it is our job to try & do our very best with
Every once & a while the media will catch hold of a story of someone with a terminal illness, given a finite amount of time to live, and share their stories of hope, perseverance & attitude of living for the moment. Recently, I heard such a story, that of Zach Sobiech, a young man who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer that is often deadly in children. At the age of 14 he was diagnosed and at the age of 17, he was given months to live.
I watched the documentary of his life & felt incredibly inspired by his attitude, "You don't have to find out you're dying to start living." Zach used the power of music to express his final thoughts to his family & friends. The song "Clouds" has become a YouTube sensation. Although the situation is incredibly sad, the song is remarkably uplifting & encouraging.
Zach found solace attending mass by himself early in the mornings. He & his family had a devotion to St. Peregrine & even made a pilgrimage to Lourdes to visit the healing waters. His family found strength & comfort knowing that this was a part of their earthly journey, but that it was not truly the end.
I don't know that I could react to this type of situation with the same type of faith & dignity that Zach did. Listening to his songs, I am reminded of the many blessings I have in my life. Although there are plenty of times when I am stressed by the kids or frustrated by Jesse's long hours away from home, it is in those times when I need to take a step back & thank God. He has blessed all of us with so many wonderful things. It shouldn't take a tragedy to make us realize it.
I have been drafting this post for a couple of weeks. Sadly, Zach Sobiech passed away yesterday, May 20, at the age of 18. Eternal rest, grant unto him O Lord & let perpetual light shine upon him.