“We’re all alive the day before we die.” So said Julia Glass, an American author who won the National Book Award. 

When I was a medical student on the pediatric wards, I loved to see how quickly some children could recover. They were suddenly full of life. 

Thank God that the childhood leukemia that was treated has a much more favorable prognosis than it did those 50 years ago. I helped admit one terrified little girl who, though quite alive on admission, did not last out her stay.

 Lord knows life is short. Our time is short. And that day before our death, we might well feel wonderful. Oh, but to keep our lives meaningful, full of love, and to be thankful to our Maker for every breath.