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Frailty and Mortality

January 20, 2007

Here’s a heavy subject for you: human frailty and mortality.

I’ve had quite a few reminders recently that we are all going to die someday. You’ll see the Pray for Ian website linked to at the bottom of this page. This is a friend of mine from Indiana, Pennsylvania (the town where all the pictures I’ve posted here are from, so far), a few years younger than me, who was in a car accident, and for a while was at death’s door. Even now, he is still in a coma, and although he responds better every day, he is still very much in God’s hands. This post, from Ian’s younger brother, describes something about how this affected me as well – in my life, death had pretty much affected only “old people”.

Another strange development is seeing stories like this. Not just because they are from the town where I grew up, and not even because Ian was in an accident from there (although, I must admit, these are considerations). I always look for names I know, hoping not to see them. However, there is one name that I DO see that makes this even weirder for me: Michael Baker, the coroner. I know this guy. I went to caregroup with him and his wife. It is strange seeing his name in every death story in Indiana County. And of course, he will be there, because its his job to examine these things. Yet another reminder that death awaits us all, and that some people have to deal with it on a daily basis. As Psalm 90 says, we should number our days, remembering that we only have a limited time on this earth.

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