It was great to read last week that a Broadbridge Heath employee is taking on a trek across the Great Wall of China to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. Those of us who have had family members with Alzheimers or other forms of dementia know how sad, painful and frustrating it is for people who gradually lose their memories and the ability to look after themselves but also for their loved ones to witness that struggle.
Good health is so precious and it is wise for those of us who still generally enjoy it, to seek to make every day count both for ourselves and for other people. Things can change very quickly for any of us and we never know when our final day will be. I remember someone encouraging me to live every day as if it were my last.
Another poignant article in the same edition recorded that ‘I love you’ were a young mother’s last words. Let us too make sure we try to ‘finish well’, whenever that may be, that we keep no relationships unreconciled as far as it is possible and that we make sure we are at peace with both our fellow man – and God.
Julie Shimizu (Rev)