One of the prayers we use in the Episcopal Church asks God that we should become "deeply aware of the shortness and uncertainty of human life".
It's a good and wise prayer. It reminds me that we live no more than one day at a time. Or, as the biblical book of Proverbs says: "Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring". Proverbs 27:1
It's been a time when I've once again been reminded of the fragility of life.
B and F (I will not use their names in order to respect their privacy) have a historical connection with the Sarasota parish which I call home.
They moved away from SRQ (FL) some years ago to a town south of SRQ, but never connected with another parish.
About two weeks ago B fell off a ladder at work, and landed on his head. He was taken by helicopter to the Trauma Unit at a hospital in Bradenton, FL.
I was asked to visit him, and his partner F at that hospital. Of course I've done so (twice), even though I have never before met them.
F and I had a long 'phone conversation today. B's prognosis is grim. He is extremely unlikely to make any significant recovery from his severe brain damage. F will most likely have to make some tough end of life decisions for his lover and partner.
So I will be with them again tomorrow at the Hospital in Bradenton. I will listen to F and pray with him and with B. That's what Ministers are called to do.
My heart aches for F as he sits by his lover's hospital bed.
He, (with us?) is now deeply aware of the shortness and uncertainty of human life. His heart of love is willing to release B into the eternal arms of love.