“A good reputation is better than a fat bank account. Your death date tells more than your birth date. You learn more at a funeral than at a feast. After all, that’s where we’ll end up. We might discover something from it.” Ecclesiates 7:1,2
Yesterday while sitting in the lobby of a VA medical hospital, a parade of a couple dozen people, including many in wheel chairs or supported by walkers, followed a hospital gurney with an American Flag draped over a body. I was moved as everyone in the lobby stopped whatever they were doing and stood in silence out of respect for a person they did not know, and never would meet. Later, I asked one of the nurses in the hospital, “Where where these people going?” He replied, “To the morgue. We honor our deceased veterans by accompanying their body to the morgue.” Later, I wondered how many people following the body knew the deceased more than just to nod hello in the hallways of the nursing home where the deceased passed away.
Over the years, I have attended a funeral or memorial service for someone I personally did not know. After hearing the eulogy and message from the pastor, I usually left the service wishing I had had the chance to really know the person. I hope when my time comes to be eulogized, someone attending the service will say, “I wish I had really known Linda.”
Lord, give us pathways to learn about people while there is time. Amen.