What Life Will Bring

At 11:30 yesterday morning I was in our chapel, awaiting the arrival of Labe Asner’s family, when I first heard of Royals’ pitcher Yordano Ventura’s tragic death at 25 years old. A life – the life of a brilliant gifted athlete – cut short.

I was struck by the contrast: Labe had reached 93 and been the patriarch of a host of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; Yordano’s entire adult life had been taken from him in an instant. That’s the way, though, the world works; one never knows what life will bring from one moment to the next.

My good friend Howard Winokuer – a renowned scholar/practitioner in the field of Grief Counseling – taught me this: “Expect the best, and prepare for the worst.” We saw both materialize yesterday: a celebration of Labe Asner reaching close to a full century, alongside a terrible accident that took a beautiful youth right in his prime. Baruch Dayan Emet. We acknowledge the truth of God’s sovereignty over life and death. May their memory be for a blessing.