Today is July 28; it was eighteen years ago that our younger daughter Merry was killed in a vehicle accident.
I have a book of "Merry Memories", written by all kinds of people who knew Merry throughout her short 26 years. A common theme of multiple writers was: 'always a smile'; 'enjoying whatever she was doing', 'there for people'. She was busy; spending lots of time thinking and being with 'others'.
Merry was a sender of pass-along emails; so many that I had deleted a number of them. But I had nine about the time she died. Here is one; which I have used before (there weren't that many!):
"A well-known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill.
In the room of 200, he asked, 'Who would like this $20 bill?'
Hands went up. He said, 'I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this.'
He proceeded to crumple the dollar bill up. He then asked, 'Who still want it?'
Still the hands were up in the air.
'Well,' he replied, 'What if I do this?'
And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe.
He picked it up, now all crumpled and dirty.
'Now who still wants it?'
Still the hands went into the air.
'My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless. but no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your values in God's eyes. To Him, dirty, or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to Him.
Psalm 17:8 states that God will keep us, 'as the apple of His eye.'
"The worth of our lives comes not in what we do or what we are but by WHOSE WE ARE!" You are Special. So have a great day!"