Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Ash Wednesday and Death

Just as this solemn day was ending, I received word of the death of a very old friend in California. She was no longer young and had just recently been diagnosed with acute leukemia. Her grand daughter described the death in beautiful, comforting words. And so my prayer is one of deep gratitude for her kindness and goodness over so many years. But mixed in those prayers are also strong pointers to the passage of time and the realization of how short all our human lives really are. And so we live on, but never so much as when we live for the day in front of us.