When a life comes to an end, perhaps we may think something like a candle has gone out. But we should also see death as the time when something like a tapestry has been completed. We have watched this tapestry being made from the reverse side where the design of the artwork is blurred and the knots and twisted loops of the needlework are prominent. Our Father God contemplates the tapestry from the good side. He is pleased to behold a finished work that manifests a life-long effort to make good use of time.
From In Conversation with God: Meditations for Each Day of the Year, Vol. 5: Ordinary Time, Weeks 24-34, by Francis Fernandez. Thirty-third Sunday: Year A, page 475.