Jim Rochester posted a project titled” “The Hardest Project I've Ever Had to make.” It is a box for his Dad’s remains who just passed away. I can understand how hard that would be. I am thankful that Jim shared his loss and his project.
It reminded me that I have a few things left to do for my family before this cancer gets the best of me. It has metastasized and is now in my abdomen and lungs, so like Jim, I don’t have a lot of time to finish up some projects. I came home from doing a very difficult funeral today and started, “My Box.”
What Jim’s sharing reminded me of is that I don’t want to put more on my family than necessary. Besides, I don’t have a son like Jim who can make a box for me. ;) I am blessed to have had all this time to “get ready.” My soul has been ready for many years since I asked Jesus to forgive my sins and save me, but there are always other things that need to be done or we pass the burden on to our loved ones. Making a box for my remains is just a small thing, but it is one less burden Judy will have. I’ve arranged a plot at the Veteran’s Cemetery, paid for everything and said my good-byes. But as Jim reminded me, there’s always more to do.
Making an urn (box) for my ashes is kind of weird, but I’m actually having fun doing it. I’m using Bubinga, Maple and Purple Heart for an inlaid cross. This may sound like a bit of a morbid blog post, but I want my fellow Lumber Jocks to ask themselves, “Is there anything undone or unsaid that I need to take care of while their is still time?”
Maybe there is someone who you’ve been meaning to thank or say I love you to. Maybe there is someone you need to forgive or ask for forgiveness from. Maybe you’ve been putting off getting serious with God. Take a little time and think about it.
While I still have some time I want to say thank you all for being my friends. This is an incredible website with some incredible people. You’ve encouraged me, prayed for me, sent me wood and tools. I have all of your cards set up and I look at them daily and thank God for all of you. I have been enjoying woodworking for only a year, but it has been the best year of my life!
So again, thank you Jim for sharing and know that your woodworking family is praying for you and your family at this difficult time
-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!