2016 has been a year when many celebs have died. November 2016 was also when a non-celeb died. (I hate that euphemism, “to pass away.” What does that expression mean, anyway?) Bettina, my ex-colleague from my first “posting” to Germany in 2000-2003, died “after a long illness” (the favourite euphemism for cancer, never chronic arthritis or backache).
When you’re moaning about the your bus being late, or your email server being down, or strolling round the just-opened German Christmas markets, please spare a thought for Bettina’s soul, her friends and her family.
Nobody wants to die early. Nobody wants to die slowly. Nobody wants to die.
I remember going to one funeral six years ago. The minister said:
Heavenly Father, we thank You for B’s life. We thank you for her death.
Yes, we do thank you for her death. We want to live. Do we really want to merely exist, in pain and suffering? I don’t. We thank You, God, for Your grace and ask You to welcome Bettina into Your arms.
Have a peaceful day, won’t you!