Some trees are consigned to the flames sooner than others.
One verse from today's reading impressed itself upon my awareness this morning:
Balta şimdiden ağaçların köküne dayamıştır. İyi meyve vermeyen her ağaç kesilip ateşe atılacak.And, here's a few words for today:
- balta -- ax
- ağaç -- tree
- kök -- root
- meyve -- fruit
- ateşe -- fire
On the other hand, I'm sure we all know people of remarkable potential, who just sort of fizzled on the launch pad, and never really soared into achieving the things they could have done. Dear friends, charming people, and derelicts. Often, these are the people who die early.
Retirees often experience health problems. While they were working, engaged with life, making things happen, they tended to outrun illness. The very act of generating output maintained their health. The vigorous older people we know are those who still have things to do.
May God grant us the grace to stay in the race all the days of our lives.
 When Jewish people "assimilate," and walk away from their faith and heritage, they frequently change their names. One such, a Nazi collaborator who today destabilizes nations, adopted a verb for a surname. An Esperanto verb, the future tense of "to soar." You may have heard of George Soros.