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Drink wine with a robust heart

Drink wine with a robust heart.

Oh yes—God takes pleasure in your pleasure!

Dress festively every morning.

Don’t skimp on colors and scarves.

Relish life with the spouse you love

Each and every day of your precarious life.

Each day is God’s gift. It’s all you get in exchange

For the hard work of staying alive.

Make the most of each one!

Whatever turns up, grab it and do it. And heartily!"

(From Ecclesiastes 9, The Message)

A college friend who is ill shared these words with her friends and family. I found them very beautiful and inspiring. We can't live forever nor can those we love, but there is joy in living each day as a gift and a miracle. It's not easy, but we can strive towards living that way. Thank you Kristin.

I hadn't heard of The Message; it is a translation of the Bible into modern language.

Don't skimp on scarves! The scarves pictured here belong to and are cherished by my sister-in-law Christine. They were knit by my late Mom, Bette Prouty. Looking at this photo gives me joy.

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