Friday, June 20, 2008

Reflections on Tim


I'm still thinking about Tim Russert and his impact in the world. God allowed him to be taken in the prime of his life. Sometimes I wonder about God's timing. Tim could have lived another 30 years but would we have heard the same message we're hearing now?

It was an election year so people were paying more attention to Tim's words. He had published two successful books in recent years, just watched his son graduate from college, enjoyed a few days in Rome with his family, and suddenly his life on earth is over. But the lasting fragrance of Tim's life is lingering in the hearts and minds of many of us. It's interesting that his media friends thought he was a great colleague. But what they are really talking about is how much they will miss their friend, Tim. They recall the little things he did for them that showed he cared...little stuff like visiting their sick family members, a hand on their shoulder, a good laugh, and the list goes on.

His wife said she had a fleeting thought when saying goodbye to him as he left Rome, that she needed to hug him one more time because she may not see him again. Thank you God, for giving her that nudge to just love him one more time. Interesting how God can prepare us for things and we don't even realize it at the time.

I want people to know I care in those little ways that add up to a lifetime of demonstrating my love for others. I want to make each moment one of expressing my faith. God, help me not to miss those little opportunities.

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