Our days are swifter than the weaver’s shuttle

Published 10:01pm Friday, March 11, 2011

PoliIt’s been nearly three years since the death of Tim Russert of NBC News. Though I’d never met him I, like so many others, felt I knew him.

Russert had the ability to ask tough questions in a quest for truth, and was seen as fair by people on both sides of the issues. I later read his book about his father, “Big Russ,” and learned to appreciate them both.

NBC published a retrospective of “Meet The Press” on its 50th birthday. I sent a copy to Russert and he was kind enough to inscribe it for me.

It was a unique gift I gave to a friend at Christmas that year.

David Brinkley may not have been as tough a questioner, but he was another broadcaster who got kudos for fairness. Brinkley also inscribed a book for me several years ago when I wrote to thank him for the quality programming he’d provided for so long.

I met Britt Hume, Tony Snow, Charles Krauthammer and Bill Kristol of Fox News over the years and was able to tell them personally how much I appreciate their work.

Greta Van Susteren did a live broadcast from Madison Square Garden at the Republican National Convention in 2004. My Wyoming delegate friend and I walked over to her booth after the session and asked about saying hello to her.

“Greta’s a sweetheart,” her producer said. “She’d be happy to see you.”

However, the lady informed us it would be an hour or so before Greta was done, and Bernie decided he didn’t feel well enough to stay that long.

I wish now I’d sent him back to the hotel on the bus, stayed for this opportunity and found a cab afterwards!

The deaths of Tim Russert and Tony Snow, is a reminder of the uncertainty of life.

We Americans spend a lot of money to color our hair, whiten our teeth and Botox the wrinkles, but we can’t yet stop the process of aging.

The ancient patriarch Job wrote, “My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle” (Job 7:6).

And despite the process of aging, and the 70 or 80 years we normally attain, there are the surprises like Russert’s death at 58 and Snow’s death at 53. None of us know the exact hour that God will call us to account.

The psalmist wrote, “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our heart unto wisdom” (Psalm 90: 12). Today is the time to love and serve God, and today is the time to let someone know that we care for them.

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