In just a few short hours, we say goodbye to 2017, and hello to a new year.  If you are like I am, I tend to look back at what all has transpired over the past year, and see where I was and where I am now.  Each year, for me, things were typically the same.  But, as you know if you have read any of my other posts, this year I am in a totally different place than I was at the beginning of the year.

A little over 6 months ago, my wife wrote these words the night before her surgery.

“Well I’m up and a little nervous. But who wouldn’t be. I’m laying on a sheet by a balcony glass door. Was all curled up a while ago listening to a audio book….when pow…pow…..POW started going off. Yes I went to look out the window. I know stupid, but it ended up being a joy of fireworks going on off like crazy. One after another. God’s way of starting the celebration for my new life.”  

It is obvious that God’s plan and my plan for her new life were different.  My plan was for us to spend many more years together, with only a possibility of irregular heart rhythms.  God’s plan was to spend all eternity with her with no health issues at all.  And while His plan is perfect and I know where she is, my heart aches to hold her close again.  

So tonight as the clock strikes 12:00, my mind will be reflecting to that night, where my wife saw fireworks shooting in the sky, and I will celebrate not only the time we shared together, but also her new life with God.


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