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February 22, 2022

Recently it was my honor to preach a Celebration of Life service for an amazing man, and his family chose this poem to be part of that —

I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one.
I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.

I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.

I’d like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun
Of happy memories that I leave when life is done.

— Sounds like something more than a few people I know could say of themselves and those they leave behind.

Is it true of you and me?

If we’d like it to be, then what are we doing to plant such a happy afterglow?

Today’s a good day to do that.

What shall we do first?

And how soon?

Right now is a good time.

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