Devotions based on Macrina Wiederkehr’s book, The Gold in Your Memories
The author had an impact on a woman who was dying and the family flew Macrina to be with this woman in her last days. She wrote a poem as she was touched about death being a gift. A few words of her poem are: “ Every day is a good day for living and every day is a good day for dying. I want my life to be a gift so that my death can be a gift.” She quotes Anne Lammott, “ My deepest belief is that to live as if we’re dying can set us free. Dying people teach you to pay attention and to forgive and not to sweat the small stuff.” The challenge for us is to live each day as though we are dying. Marcina, herself, had a malignant tumor by her ovary and the experience helped her to know how to live. She saw everything from a new perspective and gave her a new outlook on life. Let us also behold rather than merely look at one another and see others as a work of art. In our beholding we will begin to understand the shadows, the rough places and the many experiences that are all part of the beauty of the mosaic of our lives.