A co-worker of mine and I were recently walking over to the church for a funeral, and as we walked she commented on the number of people who die when seasons change.
Over the years, I've noticed that too, and I guess it's just one of life's fascinating rhythms. The funeral we were headed to was for one of our volunteers, a faithful woman who had served our church well for many years.
A few nights ago, a local bereavement counselor took her class, doing a great job at helping the children come to terms with their teacher's passing.
Since that time, there's been three more deaths in our little community, some sudden and unexpected, others due to long-term illness. As I got the news last night of latest loss, I began thinking how fragile life can be, and how much I take it for granted.
As we move into Thanksgiving week, I think it would be a great thing if each of us could spend some extra time thinking about our lives, and examine where we might be bearing fruit, and where there might need some pruning.
Of course, Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday where we are reminded of the many blessings we have received throughout the year. I hope you'll get some quality time before the festivities begin, looking around our the events of our daily living, and see how things really are.
Oh, by the way, when was the last time you looked at your New Year's Resolutions? It's not too late to weave some into our remaining fifty days or so.