The Psalmist offers wise counsel: “So teach us to number our days that we might gain hearts of wisdom…” (Psalm 90:12) A recent translation puts it this way: “Make us realize how short life is…” Even if one is long-lived, it rarely seems that way to the one living the long life. As frail children of dust, our lives are fleeting.
I have just returned from visiting my Aunt Jerry in
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Many things have contributed to her long life—good genes, good habits, good humor, good friendships, and good, abiding faith. She has gained a heart of wisdom through welcoming the stranger, suspending judgment, and indulging with delight the eccentricities of others, including those of her niece in