Aside from the just plain horror of the story of the three kidnapped girls who are now free, it got me thinking...
SO much can happen in ten years and they've missed it all.
Ten years ago my kids were 18, 15, 13, 10, and 5.
Today, they are obviously ten years older than that.
Ten years ago my dad was still alive.
Today he's been gone for 8 years.
Ten years ago my house was still "new".
Today it could use a good cleaning.
Ten years ago my mother-in-law still lived in her own home.
Today it seems like she's lived in a nursing home for so long.
Ten years ago I had kids in preschool, grade school, junior high and high school.
Today I have one kid at home and she is going into high school.
Ten years ago our family get togethers were mostly kids and there were three of the original Fab Four couples with us in-betweeners filling in the rest.
Today those kids have so many kids and we have said goodbye to all of the men in our family above the age of 60.
Ten years ago we were going to church in a packed old building and Sunday school classes were all over town.
Today we have been in our beautiful new church for enough time to feel like we've always been there and there is room for more.
Ten years ago I was 39.
Today I am not.
Just think about all the changes in your life over the last ten years and realize how grateful we can be to have been a part of every one of the changes, whether happy or sad.
I pray the three girls whose lives were stolen from them will begin to heal and that the next many years of their lives will be full of wonderful memories.