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In truths that she learned? Or in times that he cried? In bridges he burned? Or the way that she died? How do you measure a year in the life? In daylights? In sunsets? In midnights? In cups of coffee? In inches? In miles? In laughter? In strife? In five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes?

I’m sure you all know that is ‘Seasons of Love’ from the Broadway musical Rent. Rent is a rock opera with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

The reason I bring this song up is because this is one of the numbers the MCC chorus sang on Sunday and it’s one of the most meaningful and poignant songs for me. Prior to an HIV/AIDS diagnosis when life seemed endless, what I personally strived for in life, or how I was measuring my life was probably dollars and years and tricks (both quality AND quantity).

After being diagnosed HIV in 1989 and then with AIDS and Karposi’s Sarcoma in 1998 and told that people with KS typically live two to four years, those measuements no longer worked. Although the KS is now in remission and I’ve out lived that initial prognosis, it did change the way I measure my life.

This sounds like a good topic to me and I will use this some Wednesday night. So think what are three measurements you use to evaluate your life. We’ll do it anonymously so people can be brutally honest.

And I want to thank Sunshine Cathedral for this great music. I look forward to my Sunday mornings and what I’m going to hear.

-Steve

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