The last lecture…

Preparing for death is one of the most empowering things you can do. Thinking about death clarifies your life. Candy Chang

Meditation: “The last lecture” is a video of a professor in his late forties who has received a cancer diagnosis that leaves him only a few months to live. He is married with three young children. One could imagine that he and his wife are devastated . However, when you watch his “last lecture” you notice that he sums up the most important life  experiences he had and lessons he learned. There is an aura of gratitude and joy around him even though he is not an explicitly spiritual or religious person. Within one hour and a little bit, he passes onto his colleagues and students what mattered most to him in his life. And in the end, he celebrates the here and now by bringing in a large cake to celebrate his wife’s birthday that she had the day before. After that he playfully disillusions the audience by letting them know the talk was really for his kids and not for them. Watch the video and get inspired!

Prayer: God of fullness of life, I thank you for Randy Pausch and his wife and how they journeyed on their difficult path together. For laughter and tears, for meaning making and living in the moment, for passing on gratitude and memories, for documenting special moments and marveling about the sequence of events in life. God, you give us role models how to live and also role models how to prepare for death. Randy and his wife are a gift to us who wonder how we might cope would our life take a sudden turn. Thank you, Amen

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. Psalm 90:12

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