Saturday, May 12, 2007

Whatever is Honorable



I really believe in trans generational relationships, where my friends are not all the same age as me. I learn a lot from women older than me and a lot from women younger than me. But with women senior to me in age and life experience, I want to honor for their endurance and wisdom. It is a priviledge to know them.

The next part of the blog are lyrics by a song about a younger woman humbled by an older woman facing the dying process. The younger woman finds that she is inadequate to comfort the older woman in her suffering, except what they both know from Scripture. A wonderful story. It is rare, in secular music or Christian music, to have songs that deal with death and aging.


What Do I Know, by Sara Groves


I have a friend who just turned eighty-eight and she just shared with me that she's afraid of dying. I sit here years from her experience and try to bring her comfort. I try to bring her comfort, But what do I know? What do I know?





She grew up singing about the glory land, and she would testify how Jesus changed her life. It was easy to have faith when she was thirty-four, but now her friends are dying, and death is at her door. Oh, and what do I know? Really, what do I know?




I don't know that there are harps in heaven, Or the process for earning your wings. I don't know of bright lights at the ends of tunnels, Or any of those things.



She lost her husband after sixty years, and as he slipped away she still had things to say. Death can be so inconvenient. You try to live and love. It comes and interrupts. And what do I know? What do I know?





But I know to be absent from this body is to be present with the Lord, and from what I know of him, that must be pretty good. Oh, I know to be absent from this body is to be present with the Lord, and from what I know of him, that must be very good.

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