Monday, November 5, 2007

A day for JOYce

On Friday September 28, 2007 at 11:14PM my dear friend Joyce Morgan Riding passed away after over 2 years of battling cancer. Joyce and I were neighbors our first year of college and roommates our second. I have found myself thinking a lot about her this past month since she past away. She was a young mother like myself, in fact we both have babies a week apart. Sometimes my heart just aches knowing that she will not get to hold her Baby for such a long time. I find comfort in the doctrine of eternal families and knowing that we can be with our loved ones for eternity if we live worthily. Joyce's birthday is today, November 5Th. She would be turning 26, just like me. It's been an emotional day for me and I have felt the need to somehow celebrate Joyce's life and example. After lots of thought, I've concluded that the most important thing I could do would be to hold on to the ones I love. Squeeze them a little tighter today and be sure to tell them I love them. Life is precious gift and could be gone in a second, but love lives on. Long ago I learned the truth that life is for love. Spending it in any other way would be a waste.


Anonymous said...

Melissa, you are an example of love in my eyes. I too think about Joyce and her bright smile. Life presents challenges to us and those we love, but through the comfort of the gospel she will be able to hold her baby as well as her husband again one day. Thanks for reminding me of this. Love, Nat

Amy said...

After a couple of difficult days, I really needed to hear this. Thanks for sharing.
Amy Rondeau