Fall makes me think of aging. And listening to Alan Jackson makes me think he agrees! The first verse of his “The Older I Get is” is “The older I get – the more I think you only get a minute, better live while you’re in it ‘cause it’s gone in a blink.” Jackson proclaims that not money, cars or possessions, but people we love and that love us, are our lasting treasures. We will likely have fewer friends as we age; we cherish those who have stayed with us! Neither would Jackson drink from any “fountain of youth” if there were such, since “his best years are yet to come,” perhaps another grandchild running into his arms or more family reunions filled with laughter and pride. Why are you grateful today for the life you have been given? Does fall remind you of your blessings? Will you name them for yourself? Or for another?
By Renée Domeier, OSB