“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:16,17, NAS)
The other day we got a call to come to the hospital right away. Our friend Pat was there & her husband, Don had just dropped dead (at home) for no apparent reason. He was only 50. Both were in our Torah study. Those of you who have experienced the sudden death of a loved one know the shock and overwhelming grief it can bring. It reminds us not only to make the most of our time, but that in the end, only relationships matter. Your relationship with God and your relationship with people. This is what I read at his funeral.
DON WYLIE: Pure in Heart
What was it that touched us most?
His helping hands or gentle heart?
The quiet spirit we all knew,
The skills and talent that made him smart?
Perhaps the heart that moved the hands,
To meet a need or fix a mess,
Not looking for a word of thanks,
Just jump right in and try to bless.
He didn’t like to criticize,
Or put a person down,
We learned from what he didn’t say,
When others were around.
And often when he knew the way,
To solve what puzzled us,
He’d wait for others to speak first,
And never made a fuss.
Perhaps his gift was not in words,
Well, problem solving was,
Although he would never boast,
He needed no applause.
Past the rough, and well-scarred hands
We saw his gentle heart,
And that’s what we remember,
Now that we’re apart.
He liked to hear the Bible read,
God’s teaching us the Way,
He truly had a heart for God,
And lived it every day.
So why take him and none of us?
When we are much more flawed?
Perhaps He wants to give us time,
To grow a heart for God.
Though Don’s away, he’s living still,
It doesn’t seem so odd,
Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they will see our God.