July 11, 2013"Loving Legacy" I didn't know them. Never even met them. But in a way, we all knew them. Oh, not by name, but by sight. Chances are, if you traveled Old Castle Road in the morning, you saw this lovely, elderly couple walking along the road holding hands. Sometimes, they were just enjoying the walk. Other times, they were picking up trash along their way. You couldn't help but smile each time you saw them.
I'm sure you know we lost this precious couple on Sunday, and I'm not going to comment on the tragedy itself. I prefer to focus on the legacy they left behind. I've read many comments from area residents and was so moved to see how this couple touched and inspired others through the years. Some of the comments were how the love of this couple inspired young people to dream of someday having a loving relationship like theirs. Others commented on how they were inspired to strive to make their own relationship better by following in this couple's footsteps. Still others, hoped to keep their love strong enough to enjoy their golden years together still holding hands.
And finally, others shared how their loving walks had spanned a generation in their family, i.e., a father remembered them walking when he was young, and then watched them with his daughter. It was like passing a torch from one generation to the next. Thankfully, because of the impact they had on people they never met, but who will never forget them, that torch will never go out. So I was thinking …
Often times, we never know the people whose lives we touch or the impression we leave behind. We are all going to leave a legacy of some kind. Let's keep that in mind as we go about our business and think about the eternal results of our actions and how we want to be remembered when we're gone.
I'm sure I speak for all of us when I express our heartfelt condolences to the Ackermann family for your tragic loss. May God bless you and comfort you at this sorrowful time. Our prayer is that knowing that their enduring love touched and inspired so many will bring you a sense of peace. They have left a legacy that we all can aspire to: loving each other and leaving our world a better place for having been here. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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