Job xiii. verses 1-2
“Man, born of woman, lives but a few days, 2 and they are nothing but trouble. 2 He grows up like a flower in a beautiful meadow, and then just as suddenly, withers away; “
On a bad day, it does feel like that, on a good one, it’s just like heaven. but still I thought of this today, as a friend of a friend died suddenly. His girlfriend — she was the friend — of a year moved in with him at Christmas and I did not recommend it. I had told her, that I thought her giving up her condo was a mistake, as things “happen” and it was good insurance.
Ramona hit the ceiling, swore a blue streak and said that was ridiculous. I replied that the condo was paid in full, and could be used at least for a studio. More swearing, more yelling and I shut up. Ramona moved in and less than month later, James died at 49 of a sudden heartache. I was stunned when she posted this on Facebook — though that was part of the amazement, posting and telling people on FB nd not by phone call — well I guess this electronic Daddy is our new telegraph — and speechless as he had seem the picture of health the month before.
I was not invited to the funeral, I hesitantly showed up at the wake but did not sign in and saw that James’ parents and her were barely on speaking terms. It’s amazing these things you find in the Bible, I think I should look more.