Here, here beautifulbeluga!! Well, Susan - like you I've seen and heard of many who have passed away too early in life. I think that sometimes there are questions on earth that can only be answered in Heaven.
I choose to believe that God brings home his angels when He knows it's too much to bear...but why do they leave us and our lives seem so empty without them? I would like to believe that the grace we've been given by having them in our lives at all is a blessing well beyond what we ever deserved in the first place. I've lost two brothers and it has taken many years for me to reach a point of peace in reconciling how we are supposed to go on....but we do. I finally have come to understand that it's not so much the number of years you live...as much as it is....how much LIFE DID YOU PACK IN the years you had.
Every mornin' when I wake up on this side of the dirt, I consider it the best day of my life....until Heaven that is (smile). Yep, everyday is another chance to make choices that will keep me in peace, wonderment, and in pure thankfulness for the air I breathe, the hands I get to hold; and the hearts that care about me. IT'S ALL GOOD IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD!
So, my friend - I wouldn't worry about the number - my challenge to you instead is this: CHOOSE THIS DAY TO MAKE YOUR PEACE, TO FIND YOUR JOY, TO PAY SOMETHING FORWARD, TO NEVER LOOK BACK...TO LIVE YOUR LIFE AS THE BEST EXAMPLE OF HOPE THAT SOMEONE MAY EVER SEE. That's my challenge to you...it's a challenge I accept every morning when I wake up.
Take care, and be happy.
"I believe that friends are quiet angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly." - unknown