One that you know and one that you don't know.
Dana Reeves (Christopher Reeve's wife) died at the age of 44 from lung cancer. She learned she had lung cancer at the end of the summer. She leaves behind a 13 year old son now parentless. She was not a smoker.
Arlene Homontowski (47) died in a car accident Sunday night while talking on the cell-phone to her daughter. Arlene was a spunky pre-school/kindergarten teacher at the Christian school both of our boys graduated from. She taught those little ones for many years and was always friendly and full of life. Our son Matthew graduated with Arlene's daughter and they were good friends. He, of course, was very saddened to hear this news.
Both women lived well. They loved their families and served them...well.
They both reached out to their communities with thoughts of others.
And I am reminded, once again, how very little time we have on this earth.
Emma and I watched the musical Rent last weekend and the songs are floating through my mind as I type. (Rent is a bittersweet, joyous, musical about living and loving life...living and loving life...now.)
How easy it is to postpone the living and the loving....and the serving.
Reese Witherspoon shared a simple sentiment in her Oscar acceptance speech (a quote from June Carter Cash)
"I'm just trying to matter."
"This is the day that the Lord has made,
Let us rejoice and be glad in it."
Encourage one another,