Strange Mercy

"... and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?"

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I'm a former idealist turned 'defensive pessimist' who has concluded, after living on two coasts, two continents, and an island, that most of us spend our lives as prey, economically and psychologically. Awareness is the key to understanding this; but once we understand it, we may transcend it, choosing, when we can, to be neither prey nor predator.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Life Means So Much -- Chris Rice

In memory of Kathy Krajco

Every day is a journal page,
Every man holds a quill and ink.
And there's plenty of room for writing in
All we do and believe and think...
So will you compose a curse,
Or will today bring a blessing?
Fill the page with rhyming verse,
Or just some random sketching?

Teach us to count the days,
Teach us to make the days count;
Lead us in better ways -
Somehow our souls forgot
Life means so much
Life means so much
Life means so much.

Every day is a bank account,
And time is our currency.
Nobody's rich, nobody's poor;
We get 24 hours each...
So how are you gonna spend?
Will you invest, or squander?
Try to get ahead,
Or help someone who's under?

Teach us to count the days,
Teach us to make the days count;
Lead us in better ways -
Somehow our souls forgot
Life means so much
Life means so much
Life means so much.

Has anybody ever lived who knew the value of a life?
And don't you think giving is all
That proves the worth of yours and mine?

Teach us to count the days
Teach us to make the days count
Lead us in better ways
That somehow our souls forgot
Life means so much...

Every day is a gift you've been given
Make the most of the time every minute you're living...
Every day is a gift you've been given...
Make the most of the time every minute you're living
Every day is a gift you've been given
Make the most of the time every minute you're living....
... if ever a writer lived by these principles, Kathy Krajco surely did. Although she rejected a God of Laws from her Catholic childhood, her life and work embodied a God of Honesty and Fearless Love, who surely took her works as worship and has just as surely welcomed her Home to Him.

The Latin Mass for the Dead includes a most fitting prayer for her...

Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace.

Amen.

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