Monday, February 09, 2009

We Both Said "I Do" & Other Stuff

The days are passing by so quickly. It is the second week in February and life keeps throwing curveballs my way.

I have come to believe that challenges are opportunities to find out who we really are. No matter how prepared we think we are for life's challenges--despite how big or small--I constantly am amazed by the strength of the human spirit.

Every day I take a few moments to reflect on days past and to visualize the present moment. Gods love and presence showers me with strength and renews my belief that he/she is working within me--through both the highs and lows--to find inner peace and everlasting completeness.

I recognize that life will continue to be challenging...and that no matter what...I will never be alone. For God is always with me.

Mother Nature has been quite the comedian these last few weeks. The sun has been shining over New York for days on end, but it is frigid. I went to my NYC appointment with Dr. Spiera and he seemed pleased with my progress. Even though I am extremely exhausted and have discomfort, Dr. Spiera feels that it is viral in nature and it is just taking me a bit longer to recuperate from my illness last month. Chemotherapy is not required at this time.

Long Island has been hit with a few snowstorms, but they haven't been too extreme. Except on January 28th...the day that Sally and I drove to Greenwich Connecticut to get married!

Despite the blizzard-like conditions, Mom, Sally and I piled into our friend's truck and forged across state lines to legalize our union. The icy road conditions left most of Long Island crawling on major highways, but once we crossed into Connecticut, it was smooth sailing. In fact, the snow turned to rain and made traveling less hazardous!








From the bottom of my heart, I send love and thanks to our good friends Peter and Julie for getting us to the justice of the peace on time! We were actually early!

The Greenwich Town Hall ceremony, in spite of its brevity, was beautiful and quite moving. There was not a dry eye in the room!

I never thought I would live to see the day that I could LEGALLY marry the woman of my dreams. But here we are: The Reverend Beverly and Mrs. Sally Boyarsky! Forever and ever!
Through all the frosty nights and wintry days, yesterday we were blessed with a hint of spring. The temperature rose to 60 degrees, so we headed to the beach...Sally, Jarrett, Goldie and I!

The few hours spent at Gilgo Beach were filled with giggles, smiles and sunshine. As soon as we let go of her leash, Goldie headed straight for the water, despite the frigid temperature! All she wanted to do was fetch her ball and lay down in the surf! What a glorious day it was!

Over the last several weeks I have been extremely distracted and have not been able to focus on my schoolwork. Despite my good intentions, I have felt quite sad at times and try to look ahead towards the upcoming warmer weather and happier times.

Our community lost a vibrant young woman recently, and her wake has touched me deeper than I could ever imagine. Rosie was a beautiful woman, inside and out, and she left this life much too soon. My heart aches for her partner of 22 years...and pray that Eva finds the strength to cope with such a senseless loss.

One of my best friends is also dealing with sadness...my sweet Joanie has to face the downward spiral of her Mom's poor health. She lost her Dad not long ago, but God knows that her parents couldn't be apart for too much longer. May she find comfort and strength in knowing that her Mom will soon be at peace.

As a minister, I understand that we all must face death...as it is part of life. But it is never easy...no matter how young or old our loved one might be. We must learn to enjoy life each and every day, and thank God for our many blessings.

We also must remember to tell our family and friends how much we love them, as often as possible, and never take them for granted.

Take a moment to breathe in the glory of today. Enjoy your life. Cherish it...and know that we are all children of God.
For today...act as though it is the first day of the rest of your life!