The Measure of Days




Meet Elizabeth. My husband, daughter and I care for her. For the past six days, she has been in the hospital. Without going into all the medical jargon, her quality of life is the key to her time left with us. She may be elderly. She may be frail. But she has the heart of a lioness! She is like family. She has not only enriched our lives but all with whom she comes into contact. After a specialist performed a procedure on her, his words to us were, “Well, I didn’t want it to happen, had no intention of letting it happen, but she got to me. She’s in,” he said and added, “She’s in here,” pointing to his heart.

Indeed, to know her is to love her. Today she’s back home with us and we are grateful. I cannot help but think about the measure of her time left with us.

I think about an hourglass; time flowing like sand, slipping away.

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I think about the tick tock of a clock, a timepiece of the human heart’s mortality.

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“LORD, make me to know my end, and the measure of my days, what it is: that I may know how frail I am.” Psalm 39:4

The above scripture reminds me that life is fleeting. Although I cannot truly measure my days, I will strive to make each day count and remember that while I may be weak, my God is strong. When I think about life, I can’t help but think about a 103-year-old woman name Elizabeth with her zest for life, her love for others, and all that she means to me!

I wrote about this remarkable woman before; you can read my post here This Lesson Called Life

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12 responses to “The Measure of Days

  1. Ruben Perez

    I Know how hard of a time you had lately, the painful feelings of seeing her, but now knowing you’re prayers got answer is a wonderful feeling!

  2. Janie Urbano

    A real heart wrenching story you have written Mary. You truly know the meaning of honor. You are both tremendously blessed to have one another, and the Father is well pleased with you and your precious family as you serve His precious daughter.

  3. God’s magic through her and through you. Blessings!

  4. Cindy Watts

    What a beautiful tribute you have written, Mary Ann. And I said an ” amen” in my heart as I read your blog. Great scripture that you found in Psalms. You write so elegantly, putting into your writing such heart felt truths. Looking forward to more blogs as Jesus walks you through this last season with Elizabeth.

  5. Mary,
    It’s so hard to watch someone we love so much suffer. Enjoy every moment you have with her. My prayers are with you and your family! Hugs:)

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