Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 King James Version
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
This is one interpretation of this Biblical verse’s meaning, as it relates to Louis’ life.
During our lifetime on earth, nothing stays the same. Expect change, welcome it, know it’s coming. Control what you can, accept what you can’t.
We can imagine how Louis felt during big changes in his life: 1) Leaving his small town in Colorado to join the Navy at the end WWII, 2) Opening a letter, and finding acceptance into the world renown Stanford University, knowing that his odds were slim, 3) Falling in love and marrying, 4) Suffering through a divorce and a separation from his children, 5) Falling in love again and remarrying, 6) Becoming a father to new children, 7) Losing a child, 8) Feeling helpless, as a spouse declines with Alzheimer’s.
All his life’s changes — the good and difficult — made Louis who he was. The past is a part of what makes us today, but it is not necessarily the sum of who we are.
Earlier in his life, my father did not like a lot change. Louis liked to feel he had a handle on things, understood them, and that they were in order. This mindset brought him and his family many successes. For the younger Louis, change without careful planning was uncomfortable, later in his life it seemed Louis appreciated the enrichment that just about any change can bring to a life — even if it is difficult — because all things can be worked for good, in some way. In his final days, it seemed to me he was very much at peace with the changes in his life.
So, as we remember Louis today, we know he’s now made his greatest change of all. I’m sure he’s overjoyed. His spirit is with God forever.