My friend Al Cuneo has encouraged me to write my own obituary. I thought this to be a rather ghoulish request, but he maintains that he does not want to write it. He is younger than me and takes zero risks and assumes I will bite the dust before him due to my being older and my nasty habit of oftentimes taking dangerous risks. I told him he might have to wait a while because I was just like bad grass and hard to kill. I’ve had more close calls with death than any cat with its paltry nine lives I tell you. I suggested that maybe he should write his own obituary because I didn’t want to have to write it and he was probably up next.
Yikes! Poor little Al turned green at just the thought of his death.
If someone decided to write an obit., what should they say? As I think about it obituaries are a waste of time. I still love the headstone I saw at an ancient cemetery in Key West that reads: “The adventure continues – Captain Bob”. To me, that pretty much says it all and I believe God led me to that graveside. Keep in mind that dying just lifts a veil to our next life and the book has not been finished and never will be finished. And even after we go “toe-up” a new story will continue being written.
I don’t know what I could add to the twenty-two or more years of writings contained in the Words for the Day database. Some of you may have an interest in what I have gleaned from the amusing crazy life I have lived in this old world. If so, I have some good news for you. With just a few keystrokes you can now readily access it. If you have no interest, then don’t bother.
I have received many requests from Bible study leaders and others to send them a copy of a prior Words for the Day on various subjects they were researching. I am pleased to announce that with the help of the good folks at Cuneo Creative in Tallahassee and especially with the use of talented George Cuneo’s vast technical expertise, a search option that you can personally use is now available. Through the many years of writing, I had the foresight to keep an archive of all Words for the Day posts dating back to June of 2000 . . . Those prior to that were written before I designed and developed an automated system of subscribing, sending, and storing each post by various keywords.
You can look them up chronologically by date or string of dates, by title, or by subject matter. For example, if you wanted to research marriage, just enter that word in the “keyword” box at the top of the page and it will instantly bring up everything I have ever written on that subject. If you had an interest in reading some of the very first WFTDs it can be found similarly with just a few keystrokes.
To access it, simply go to the Words for the Day website by following the link at the end of each WFTD, or Google it using this link. I encourage you to use this even if it is to research some subject that is of passing interest to you. It was expensive to develop, and I would hate to go to all of the trouble, and no one use it. I did it to help those who need it and I hope that many of you will enjoy and use it.
I have millions of words in this database covering about any subject one could imagine. You will find a wealth of entries using this feature, some will make you laugh; some will make you cry, and some are just interesting reading, (and some are boring as many a disgruntled reader has pointed out to me). You will notice that I always included Bible verses with each entry through the years. This is because I always go to the Bible to make sense out of this life the best I can. So, if I go to meet my Maker today or tomorrow, you know where to go for the obituary. Just use the keyword feature for death. LOL, My sincere hope is that it will lead you to a closer walk with Jesus and you may receive the same comfort I have received since surrendering my life to Him over a half a century ago.
2 Corinthians 1:3
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
Have a great weekend and go to church this Sunday!