All in the Family featured the curmudgeonly Archie Bunker. Archie was television’s most famous grouch, blunt, blustering, straightforward and untouched by the PC crowd. He was the archetype of the conservative male. Michael desprately tried to reeducate him, but he persisted in his breviloquence.



Looking back at the last 40 years, we realize: ARCHIE WAS RIGHT!

8/17/2014

Prayer Request

Our church has an automated prayer request line.  You can get it via email, or I think text too.  I just have the email version.  Anyway this one came across and I thought I'd share it.

(Church member whose name I'm withholding)'s brother-in-law was in a motorcycle accident last night.  He has a broken neck, cuts, and bruises.  He is 80.
 
Some thoughts:
 
The person who made the request is pushing 90.
 
I'm sure we all feel bad for a man wrecking his bike and being seriously injured.
 
He's 80 years old.  He's still out running the roads on his motorcycle. 
 
I don't feel that sorry for him, not out of animosity, I don't know the man.  I don't feel sorry for him because at 80 years old he is still out living a man's life.  He isn't cowering in a nursing home.  He isn't sitting in his own piss hoping someone will take pity on him and wash him up.  He wasn't waiting for the grim reaper and watching Jeopardy.  He wasn't in an easy chair wondering why the kids hadn't called.  In his eighth decade of life, he was out living. No Jell-O cups for this man.  He was out getting bugs in his teeth.
 
I realize that a broken neck at 80 most likely means it's curtain time.   I do feel horribly sorry about that.  As much as I wish it hadn't happened, it did.  It sucks.  It really sucks.  What would have sucked worse was not taking that ride.  Motorcycles are risky contraptions.  They are also fun.  Real men have fun and take risks.  EVEN. IF. IT. KILLS. THEM.
 
Anything else isn't living, even at 80.  Probably especially at 80.
 

2 comments:

Susan said...

Broken neck for any one at any age is a very bad thing.

My pastor was in a wreck several years ago while riding his scooter. His injuries were so bad that if he had been hit on the open highway instead of an intersection, he probably would have been killed.
His experience really pulled our church together as a group.

I think that God allows things like this not just to test the victim of the accident, but all those around him.
God wants to see how we react during times of hardship and this is probably the worst kind of hardship.

WaterBoy said...

Get busy living, or get busy dying.