May You Live All the Days of Your Life

“It just happened so fast,” I said, as I walked alongside my brother last week. He stopped, turned, and looked me in the eyes. “That’s a good thing,” he answered.

Ten days after her diagnosis of metastasized lung cancer, David’s wife died. She suffered, but not for long.

When a loved one dies, we become more intensely aware of our own mortality. The Psalmist wrote, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12, NIV) When we pause to remember life’s brevity, we get our priorities straight. We live in the moment. God and love and relationships and personal authenticity matter more than. . . whatever else worries our hearts.

Do you love someone? Tell them. Do you hate someone? Forgive them. Do you have a dream? Take a step toward it today. Today may be all there is.

“May you live all the days of your life.” Jonathan Swift

4 Comments on “May You Live All the Days of Your Life

  1. Thank you for sharing this. I also lost a dear friend to lung cancer and it took 2 months. I was so glad to be there at the end, but ached for her suffering.

  2. I’m sorry for the loss of your sister-in-law. But thank you for the words of wisdom and valuable reminder to live our lives. We are to be reminded of the importance of our own lives and of making the most of them because any of us can lose our life in a flash. Life could be extinguished so quickly, so easily, so suddenly, and so unexpectedly. If we learned anything from 9/11, that’s it. Therefore, we should think harder about the way we spend our life instead of just wasting it. It doesn’t teach us what to do with our life. But it does teach us to do with our life, and to do it more, to do it quicker, and to do it better. And that can be extremely valuable.

    My mother used to always say, “Growing older is a privilege; not everyone gets to do it.” Give that some thought the next time you get discouraged about the perils of aging.

    -Alex Haiken

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