In these days, we look back upon generations. Brilliantly lit in those who came before us, I like to think of the mercy that will stretch beyond us. We have laid so many to rest that our grief is ever present. Likewise are our loved ones with us, the paths they walked, the prayers they prayed for us.
May we realize, too, that someday we also will live on earth only in memory, and carried in the hearts of those who loved us. In remembering our death, may we move through each day noticing that thin veil between heaven and earth into transparency. May we light the candles that will brighten the lives of those who will come after us. And may we always recognize this truth: That the goodness of God is matched only by its might, ever transcending both life and death.