In my Ethics class this morning, Dr. Dufault-Hunter talked about virtue ethics and the way our character develops.

She told a story from her church community about Betty and Aaron.  Betty and Aaron were both widowers who married in their 80s.  In their consummate cuteness, they decided to celebrate their anniversaries every month because they didn’t know if they’d live for another year.

These two were the prayer-supporters of the whole community.  Aaron, in his 80s, even learned how to use email because he knew that people wanted to communicate their needs in this way.  Instead of being consumed with their failing health, they prayed, they followed-up, and they gave of themselves.

Dr. Erin said they were the most contented people she had ever met.

The quick lesson is that who we are today carries on into eternity and our old age.  Betty and Aaron didn’t just wake up at age 82 and become prayerful, compassionate folk.

In my life lately, it is tough to remember these things–that every thought and whisper and action (or inaction) is shaping who I am, and who I will be at 82.  “Eternity in our hearts” takes on new meaning when I think of Betty and Aaron.  I like these reminders.

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  1. It is amazing to see how differently people live their lives in their old age. To start a new marriage at age 80 is really remarkable, not to mention, living your life poured out for others. Many of the people I know, as they get older, seem to be thinking that they have lived their lives for others long enough; that it is time for them to do something for themselves. Aaron and Betty are an example of how good life is – from beginning to end – when it is oriented toward knowing God and lovingly serving others. I’m blessed by this story. Thanks for sharing, Nelly.

    Also, can you clarify what Twitter is? Is it just your own personal RSS feed?

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