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SUNRISE David Coy 

I recently inquired how an elderly person was after the death of their soul mate and life partner. Their answer was, “Pretty good, I have to.” As I drove home I meditated upon the significance of that simple yet profound statement. I now wonder what they meant and why they thought they “had to.” I also wonder would I, two decades their junior, think the same if I were walking in their footsteps today? My thought is they conduct themselves in their generation from an entirely different perspective and mind set. They were/are more self sufficient and independent in how they live their life and respond to life’s sorrows and challenges. I get the impression our current generation is spoiled. It reminds me of a poem I heard recently by John Donne:

“All mankind is one volume. When one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language. And every chapter must be so translated. God employs several translators. Some pieces are translated by age, some by sickness…some by war…some by justice. But God’s hand shall bind up all our scattered leaves again for that library where every book shall lie open to one another.”

My hope and prayer is that something that is said or done by someone you connect with, whether family, friend or other, will provide comfort and strength for the day; that you will also have the resolve and grit to continue to move forward day by day and embrace the blessings of the relationships and whatever prosperity you have been given. The elderly individual I spoke of is thankful for the time they had, and we are also blessed with what we have been given. If we may be of service in any way please allow us the opportunity. ~David Coy

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