Live each day as if it were your last–literally!

14 Apr

Will and Jamie.Wills Wedding

It’s been quiet on the home front here @ Suzanne Shares for the last several weeks. With finishing our first year with Classical Conversations, a FUN Spring Break VBS with our church, and LIFE, blogging has been placed on the back burner. Part of LIFE that we have been experiencing as of late is the news that our dear, dear friend, best man in our wedding, the brother my husband never had, Will Gray was sent home from the hospital with hospice care. Will was diagnosed on Halloween–5 1/2 months ago–with a rare, aggressive form of cancer. After surgery, chemo and radiation ending in March, we were hopeful that the cancer was gone and that Will would be able to return to his work as the amazing songwriter that he is.

Three weeks ago we received the news that the cancer had returned, there was nothing the doctors could do, and that Will would be under the care of hospice nurses in his home with only weeks to live. We grieved, cried out to God for healing and hoped. My husband was able to travel to California two weeks ago to spend time with and serve Will and his wife, Angie. My husband was excited for his time there with Will and Angie but most of all to find that Will was feeling well, better than anyone had hoped. Jamie watched his friend LIVE, not die. The Lord was truly and is continuing to sustain Will and Angie. They are both fighting with every fiber of their being for LIFE. Their faith in Jesus amid their reality is real, hopeful, strong.

When Jamie and I were married 11 years ago in February, we never imagined our best man, Will Gray would have cancer and be in the fight of and for his life. We were young, and when you’re young, you feel invincible and immortal. Fast forward 11 years down the road, and I’ll admit it, most days I do a marvelous job of taking life for granted. I assume that I will live to a ripe old age, that I will see my son’s married and that I will meet my grandchildren. Over the last few months as we have journeyed with Will and Angie, I have realized the false hope that I’ve put in my future. I no longer assume that I’ll have another 30 or 40 years on this planet. I find myself stopping in the midst of my day, looking around at my children, memorizing their faces and sounds of laughter, verbalizing my love for my husband and children to them, and most of all, offering constant prayers of thanksgiving to God for the hundreds of blessings that He allows me to experience each day. I’ve always heard people say to live each day as if it were your last. I don’t know how well I’m doing it, but this is my new goal now. Lord, help me to take nothing for granted. Help me to, as I see our friends Will and Angie doing, receive each day as a gift from You. Lord, remind me that my goal in this life is to glorify, make much of You, that you are my only hope, and that this world is not my home.

For an amazing, inspiring, honest blog post from Will’s wife, Angie and her fight to live each day well, go here. (You will be challenged and won’t regret the time it took you to read it!) If you’re a music fan, go here to read about where to hear and purchase Will’s music. Or, support Will by purchasing his song that he co-wrote, “Do You Remember?” on Blake Shelton’s new album. Most of all pray for Will and Angie that God would bring healing to his body and that He would give them faith and strength to live each day.


4 Responses to “Live each day as if it were your last–literally!”

  1. AnnieLaurie April 15, 2013 at 5:47 am #

    This is fantastic. Thanks for writing. Love you!


  2. sarah jane April 15, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    Still remember that wedding day and joking with Will about remembering to have your wedding band! Seems kind of surreal now. Thanks for the post and the reminder to savor these moments!

    • Suzanne Shares April 15, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

      awww, wonderful Wedding Coordinator-extraordinaire! I don’t think we would have gotten married without you that day! 🙂 so thankful for your role in our special day! Thanks for making sure that Will had my wedding band! 🙂 such fun memories!!

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