Wednesday, October 9, 2013
"Love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone." -- Mitch Albom
We all know and have loved ones who lived good, long lives and now rest from their labors as God promised. We also know those who have been taken from us too soon. People who were good and inspiring and had already touched many lives and would continue for years had not an auto accident or cancer or a tornado intervened. Yet, so many who have already died continue to live in our hearts, in the lives of those they touched, in the many little ways they influenced others by the inspiration of the way they lived their lives, did their jobs, and mothered or fathered children who carry them still in their hearts. Caryn Pierce will always be alive until the time finally comes when no one remembers her name or the inspiration that she was to them or to those they knew. I don't know when that time will be, or if it will ever be. Her name is on a school here whose uniforms are pink because that was her favorite color. She is the only person I have ever known who drove a Barbie pink car. The children here in equatorial Africa know her picture and her name and sing with the gusto she used to instill in all her students. These kids never got to know her, but my wife did, and she had a tremendous impact on her life. Ask any teacher who ever taught with her and they will all say how wonderful she was and what a great teacher she was. Great teachers like her don't ever really die until all the students they inspired and all the students and others those students inspired finally all die off. Even then, her name and her spirit live on. Immortality is something you have if you love others--all others. Christ told us that. Life tells us that. Jesus was a teacher first and foremost. Over and over the Bible tells us that Jesus taught, not only with His words but with how He lived and how He loved. He is not dead and neither is anyone whose love has touched others. Caryn Pierce and my Karen are just two examples.