The following little passage recently appeared in our local newspaper along with an announcement of the death of one of our residents, Mr. Lanny Henninger. Apparently, Mr. Henninger wrote this the day before he died. I thought I'd share it with you...

 

~ Time's Passage ~

For reasons I dare not divulge I find myself thinking of time's passage, and of the milestones with which we mark it. Like birthdays and anniversaries.

Baseball's regular season ended last Sunday. The Dodgers' Brett Butler closed out a 17 year major league career at age 40. He remarked: "I'm surprised how fast it went." So say we all. One of Neil Diamond's old songs has it: "Done Too Soon." And in somber measure the New Testament intones: "You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes." (James 4:14)

So what to do? Two things, it seems to me, at least two. One: Use up each day. Fill it to overflowing with good. Deliberately enjoy and Two: Begin now. Mend a fractured friendship. Mail an overdue letter. Correct a misunderstanding. Repair a broken heart. Lay aside a grievance. Act on a noble impulse. As we all know, "The night cometh."

 


Lanny Henninger
Reflections
October 5, 1997


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