You may have noticed a larger than usual time gap between my last post and this one. I haven’t taken a hiatus from writing. In fact I’ve been busy writing vignettes of the seven church members who died since the beginning of the pandemic when we stopped having in-person memorials services. Tomorrow I will share these at our All Saints Sunday Service.
I’ve loved putting together recollections from family members and friends, snippets from published obituaries, and memories of my own (for I was privileged to know each person). Each died during covid, but not from covid. Six were in their nineties, the oldest being 99, the youngest, 79; four were men, three women.
One challenge was to keep each vignette to between 350 and 400 words. The other challenge was to select three words that succinctly described each of these saints.
Here is the array of words that came forth: dependable, organized, ‘a good man’, kind, gentle, full of integrity, optimistic, determined, grateful, unfazed, forward-thinking, positive, loyal, honest, a gentleman, sense of humor, optimistic, fun-loving, 100% dedicated, reliable, loyal.
I trust some of these apply to people you know, and yes, even to you.