Good Bye Jack
August 31, 2011
Penn of Denn
If Jack Layton had of had as many supporters in life as he had in death we would have buried the Prime Minister and not the Leader of the Opposition on Saturday. But isn’t that always the way? Over the past few months we’ve closed two of our rural churches on the district and hundreds of people have shown up to remember and praise a church that closed because their attendance and giving had dropped to a critical level. A reminder once again that the dead can’t smell the roses that are tossed to them after their death.
Who is there in your life that you need to thank now and not wait to eulogize later? Maybe it’s time to make a list.
By now ever literate Canadian has read the closing words from Jack Layton’s letter to the nation, written just before he died last week. And they are good words, hopeful words, and while I did not agree with many of Mr. Layton’s political views I whole heartedly agree with these words. “My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.”
Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.