by Ron Cook

“Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.” Luke 12:27

“The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it, and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.” Psalm 103:15-16

I’ve always loved songs that reflect the temporal nature of our lives…

I saw a light in your window, thought I would pause and take a rest say hello and goodbye and wish you all the best I am just here on a visit , I may not be back this way cause when my journey’s over I’ll be going home to stay… (Anonymous)

Last month, a dear friend of mine passed away in Louisiana in an accident. He was nothing short of a treasure as a human being in this life. Louis Lowery was 78, yet he died too soon …

On March 10th my family marked the 36th birthday of our youngest daughter, Brie Juliann … yet she passed away 20 years ago. At 16, she passed way too soon.

We mark the passing of our loved ones with a celebration of their lives. We mourn their loss, yet celebrate the time we did have with them.

I have written a few eulogies for loved ones’ memorials over the years. Sometimes, there are no words … to express the grief we feel, as well as the joy they brought to our life.

I met Louis through mutual friends. We spent some good times talking and sharing our common journeys. Louis was devoted to the search for brotherly love and kindness. He worked in the prison ministry, taught church catechism classes, helped folks who needed counsel legally, emotionally, or spiritually. He gave from his heart with all his heart. He was a treasure …

Brie lived a brief, yet sweet, life. She was born with SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and a hole in her heart. She had open heart surgery shortly after her first birthday. She miraculously survived to live a fuller life until a year from the end. We hold her fairy-princess like life dear in our memories and heart. I still see her sparkling eyes that she would put glitter on during her most difficult days … She was a treasured presence.

We should count our days as a treasure, for we do not know the day or the time we will be called. Giving ourselves to life, our friends, and our families is our legacy. That is all that will be left of us when we make that final passage. We can pray that our legacy will be worthy of the glory Louis and Brie have attained.

Ronald Cook

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