I recently finished the book Afterlife by Marcus Sakey. It was a fast-paced read that covered most genres: love story, mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, and yes, the afterlife. Though the book’s version of the afterlife is hardly anywhere near a Christian perspective, it gave me a lot to think about.
I don’t want to give too much away, but I enjoyed the characters’ perspective of this life after they joined the afterlife. The simple, mundane things they missed, like a hot shower, their favorite coffee at the coffee shop or a cold beer on a warm afternoon, made me think about similar things in my own life.
One afternoon, as I walked to the store, I noticed everything was red. The leaves on most of the trees were bright red and the store already had Christmas wreaths and small trees with bright red holly. It was gorgeous! Then, it was gone!
We had our first snow here the very next day. Chicago has literally weathered many a storm and the people who live here are a hardy bunch, but that first snow threw everyone off! Drivers were maneuvering their cars as if they were driving on eggs. Visibility was a challenge, as you can see from my photo.
As I sat in one of my favorite restaurants, eating my breakfast that snowy morning, I thought about the “red day.” I savored that day and I wondered if anyone else did. The truth about the color red was that it was fleeting.
I watched that peaceful snow come down from the window of the restaurant and replace all the vibrant red that was just there the day before. People were laughing and taking photos. It was like no one had seen snow before!
Some may have taken for granted the “red day.” Perhaps they didn’t see the vibrant reds as I did, but I did witness gratitude for Chicago’s first snow. I could see it in the faces of the people I passed by going to work or running errands as I was.
As November ends and we enter the Advent Season, the truth about the color red and our first snow reminds us that we must be grateful for those everyday moments because they could easily be gone the very next day.
Copyright 2017 Pam Spano