Friday, January 9, 2009

Life is Fragile

Posted by Leona Bergstrom

Both Terry and I are struggling with the emotions and the gut-wrenching questions that come with facing death – especially the loss of young people. (See Terry’s post about Ben.)

Friends of mine recently lost their 27-year-old son after a three-year battle with cancer. The depth of their loss overwhelms me. I attended the memorial service and immediately came home and called my own son -- just to hear his voice (even if it was a voicemail greeting).

I was reminded of a song I recently heard Dave Irish sing in concert entitled Life is Fragile. Dealing with his own personal loss of a dear friend, Dave penned words that say it all. “On the canvas of an artist there’s an intricate design - depth of vision filled with color on display. Then a senseless hand of cruelty caused an angry crooked line, and the beauty is forever swept away.” His conclusion is that life is fragile – and that those we hold dear can leave us in a moment.

Predictably, the song encourages us to do what seems impossible: Live life to the fullest, count the stars, embrace life.

Lord, teach us to make the days count....... (Psalm 90).
(Photo by e3000, shared via Flickr).

1 comment:

Karla W. said...

You are not alone with these emotions. It's scary and hard/impossible to understand why children or youngpeople suffer with cancer.