Almost two weeks ago, my hubby and I left town to go on a three day weekend as part of our 25th anniversary celebration (yeah, that was back in May, but we've been busy!). We left town on Friday and took a lovely walk along Lake Michigan, checked into our hotel and went to dinner, and then dessert :). The next morning we headed out to see the chapel that St. Joan of Arc prayed in when she was young. It had been transferred over to the US stone by stone and then reconstructed. Unfortunately it was closed on Saturday and so we were unable to see the inside.
It was while standing outside of this chapel that we found out that my father-in-law had been admitted to the hospital and they didn't know what was wrong but he was sick. We went to Mass and then on a brewery tour (hey, we were in Milwaukee, what else does one do in the town of breweries???). It was after that that we determined it was time to head back to see what was going on with him.
We got there in time to talk with him but his condition continued to deteriorate rapidly. Let me just say that a man that was out golfing earlier in the week died by Sunday evening leaving us all devastated and in shock.
His wake was a testament to the kind of man he was; the line was never ending and wound throughout the funeral home from 2 till after 9. He was a wonderful, fun-loving man who loved his family - most especially his grandchildren. He was the kind of grandpa who came to every sporting event, every performance, every birthday and cheered you on. Our lives have a big hole in them now with his passing.
What I really hope we will all take with us, however, is that life is short and it can't be wasted. There isn't time for anger or grudges or getting revenge. This man always had a smile and a joke for everyone he met. Many people came through remembering how they loved to sit and talk with him and share a laugh. I think he wants us to remember him for that and I hope and pray that we can carry on his legacy by doing the same.
You never know when your life, or the life of someone you love, will be cut short. Live each day in the Lord, with a smile and a laugh for everyone around you. Don't be angry or full of hate. I don't think that is how you want to be remembered by people when you die; it doesn't make for a good eulogy!
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.