A neighbor passes on, leaving behind traces

NEIGHBORS

April 01, 1994|By LOURDES SULLIVAN

This week, a neighbor of mine died. An ambulance came for him, and he will not return. We were not particularly close, as neighbors sometimes are, but it is disquieting, his permanent leaving. I turn to the consolation that faith affords me.

Ah, but there's the rub; I turn to the consolation that my faith affords. I do not think that he shared my religion. But had he shared my faith, we could still be wrong. All the elaborate theology I believe in might be no more significant than a child's reedy whistle in the dark: a way to keep our spirits up against the dreadful unknown.

So where then, is the man who introduced himself as "Democrat"? If I cannot say with certainty, I know where bits of him endure. The lawn mower he showed me how to fix keeps some shadowed memory of his hands. The robust rose bush he pruned yearly, because his mother had planted it decades ago, retains some trace of his soul. In the memories of his brothers, in the minds of his neighbors, in the works of his hands, some part of him endures for a long time, and may forever.

There have been grander epitaphs than this, but we shall not see his like again.

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The First Baptist Church of Savage holds a sunrise service in Savage Park Easter at 8:30 a.m. Return with the congregation to the church for doughnuts and coffee at 9 a.m.

The church kicks off a revival that day, led by evangelist Dr. James Moore. Dr. Moore will preach at the 11 a.m. Easter service.

The revival service begins at 7 p.m. All are welcome at this service. First Baptist of Savage is located at 8901 Washington St. in Savage.

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Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church's Holy Week schedule includes confession today from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Good Friday services at 7:30 p.m. Father Joseph Kitko reminds everyone that Good Friday is a day of fast and abstinence.

Tomorrow, on Holy Saturday, Father Kitko will bless the food baskets at noon. There will be an Easter Vigil Mass at 5:30 p.m.

On Easter Sunday, the church will celebrate Mass at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, and 7 p.m. The 7 p.m. Mass is celebrated in Spanish. Resurrection's address is 8402 Brock Bridge Road.

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The Savage branch of the Howard County Library is registering 3- to 5-year-olds for Just For Me, a five-week story time series that begins April 4. The two sessions run on Mondays, from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., and on Tuesdays, from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Register in person at the Library or by phone at (410) 880-5978.

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On April 7, the Savage Branch of the Howard County Library opens registration for Food for Thought, a Great Story Escape program for 6- to 8-year-olds.

The program will be presented April 14 from 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Register early for this great story and activity program based on the theme of food (one of my perennial favorite themes).

Register in person at the branch, or by calling the children's desk at (410) 880-5978.

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