[from Monday, April 27, 2010]
"So teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart."
Today I'm participating in the funeral (memorial!) service of Presley Tagaloa. He died at the age of 23 from complications resulting from his ongoing battle with leukemia. Presley had been serving with the Army Reserves in Kuwait & Iraq. He was strong, powerful & consistent... until leukemia attacked his body.
Twenty-three years. That's much, much, much too young to die. And yet it happens quite often. Young people die long before they've had a chance to live the life God gave them. Some die related to the choices they've made in life. Others, like Presley, get dealt cards they had nothing to do with choosing.
"Life is short," the saying goes. How true. Even for those of us who make it beyond 23, in the grand scheme of things, human life is short. Psalm 90 understands this. The author writes: "So teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart." I believe this is calling us to be aware of each day we're alive. Appreciate everything. Make our days count. God can fill every moment with meaning, if we'll be intentional about it... and about looking to Him for guidance.
Thank you, Lord, for Presley... and for this day that you have granted me.