“Forever and Ever”

ImageNo matter your age, those words speak volumes.  They speak of a tomorrow that is promised to each age.  Give an Alzheimer’s test to a 12 year old and she’d be committed for sure.  She has no idea about time because for her it is timeless.  The hopes and dreams that lull her to sleep each night are full of “forevers and evers.”

Turn the numbers around and he finds himself close to college graduation and the unknown tomorrows scare yet lure him toward them.  The commencement address only adds to the excitement of the “oyster” or the “budding flower” or the “anticipation” theme of the speaker.

Add twenty more to the graduate’s age and “forever” redefines itself but never loses its punch.  Now it’s the growing bigger home and fancier car that establishes his today is here because there’s a tomorrow.  (“Larger mortgages, car payments, it’s all okay.”)
Add another twenty and she may be in her second marriage but “forever” still lives in the wings.  “This is man I love,” she thinks to herself while fondly remembering the “forever” statement to the first one.  Retirement plans are now in the works with “forever” written all over them.  “61?  That’s nothing.”

Let’s add twenty more and see where he is now.  Who would have thought?  He’s still in “forever” mode.  His wife’s passing along with many friends he now clings to, you guessed it, “forever.”  There’s a place for him that’s been prepared (some religions you need to plan for, others it’s just one of the perks) just for him since the beginning of his life.  How long does “forever” stuff last?  I think you already know the answer.

He smiles to himself and she smiles to herself.  The adage is “to live for the day” but we all know we live for”evers and evers.”     

About Rev. Joe Jagodensky, SDS.

A Roman Catholic priest since 1980 and a member of the Society of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians). www.Salvatorians.com. He is associate pastor of partnering parishes, Christ King and St. Bernard parishes in Wauwatosa, WI.
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