There are times when life goes by so fast you hardly have time to catch your breath. Then there are moments in which the whole world seems to stop moving and you don’t know how to take another step. Tuesday will be a day that I will not forget.  It was that morning we received a call; my aunt had finally been taken by her battle with cancer. Not more than a few hours later we welcomed Dani Jewel into the world and my heart melted at the sight of her beautiful form. So many emotions were packed into one day. The Lord brought to mind Ecclesiastes 3 and I sat reading these words with a new perspective, a fresh perspective, something that can only come with life experience.

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

How do you process all of these emotions at the same time? The Lord was teaching me how to trust Him a little more as I sat and mourned with my mom. He gave me grace to dance with joy at the celebration of Dani’s new life. He reaffirmed to my heart that life is short here on earth and we truly do not know how many days we will spend here, but He knows. Amongst the sadness that death brings, he showed me there is joy in new life. Jesus came so that death would no longer reign. That while our days on earth may be short, they may be lived with Him and lived with joy; until the day we return home to Him in heaven. Jesus said “I am the gate: whoever enters through me will be saved… I have come so that they may have life, and have it to the full”. Each day that I spend with Jesus life is more full. And while I mourn the death of my aunt, I rejoice at the life of Dani, and thank God for the people in between these two extremes that I share each day with. If you find yourself in the season on life where everything is a mile a minute, don’t forget to love and laugh with those around you. And if you find yourself in the other extreme, I pray that God brings you peace, and you can find your strength in the arms of Jesus. There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…

Karen Beth Holt
March 31, 1959 – June 18, 2013



Dani Jewel Raymundo
Born June 18, 2013