This was one of those weeks. Two people died unexpectedly. Neither I knew well, but well enough. The brother of one of my good friends fell down a flight of steps, suffered significant injuries, and it didn’t end well. The other was a person I’d served on a community board with and died very unexpectedly in his home. Both are younger than me.
I realize I’ve come of the age that funerals are more on my schedule than weddings. Regardless if we live only a few years or many years, it’s still a short time.
This from the daughter of my friend’s brother:
“Everyone keeps asking, ‘How can I help, what can I do for you?’ You can buy lemonade from a little kid for $10 and not ask for any change back. You can sponsor a little boy or girl so they get a chance to play on a team when otherwise they wouldn’t have been able to afford it. You can do the right thing when no one is watching and when you know you won’t get any credit. You can love your partner more than it seems possible to love anyone, the way Dad loved my mom. You can smile and whistle and take great delight in the simplest pleasures in life like driving a big red pickup truck and drinking coffee.”
This from the Tribute from an aunt of the man who died in his home:
“He was a man of few words, but a person who we should judge by his actions. He took great pride in serving our country through the Navy, served with organizations to reach people in prisons, who are in poverty, and loved serving his church as an usher. The family was surprised to find the number of books on theology in his home, which confirmed this person of acceptance, love, and deep faith.”
Unfortunately, sometimes we learn more about people when they are gone.
Take time to appreciate someone today.
We certainly aren’t provided tomorrow, but we are alive today.
Proverbs 27:1 NIV Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.