When I consider that Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for over 24 years, I think what a long time that was. It seems inconceivable.
When I consider that my husband died at 58 years it does not seem nearly long enough. A life cut short.
When I contemplate that my daughter-in-law may die in her 30’s, it is too horrible to bear.
The number long or short, it’s all relative.
Death is inevitable
Someone asked me after my husband died if I would have married him knowing that he would die at 58.
The question left me speechless. I walked away.
“Yes, I would have married him!”
I would not have wanted to miss one day of our time together.
None of us know how much time is allotted to us on this earth.
Age is just a number but when someone we loves dies, the time together is more than just a number.
We go forward in faith knowing that all relationships end in death but hoping for long, meaningful times with the people we love. That’s all we can ask.