Tuesday, May 15, 2012
The Brevity of Life
Learning of Janelle's passing has made me think about the brevity of life. If you were to look up the word brevity in the dictionary, its primary definition would say "noun. 1. shortness of time or duration; briefness: the brevity of human life". And isn't that so? I Peter 1:24 says, "For all men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall." But if we read the following verse, we see that "... the word of the Lord stands forever." We are here such a short time, friends. This life is just a blimp on the radar screen, but even so I want my life to count for something. When I stand before God I want to hear Him say those words, "Well done, my good and faithful servant." (Matthew 25:23).
Let's hold our loved ones close today. We aren't promised tomorrow, but praise God we are given His promise of a glad reunion day with those we love who know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. I so appreciate each day that the Lord has given me and will do my best with His help to live each day with gladness of heart, no matter what comes, knowing that I'm on a short journey here but my true home is in heaven. We'll experience no more pain, sorrow or separation, but will spend an eternity with Jesus and those we love.
Thank You, Jesus, that though we must say goodbye to our loved ones for a little while, we will meet them again one day soon. Help us to value each day, to remember that our time here on earth is short but we have all of eternity to look forward to with You. May we appreciate each new day and live with hearts that overflow with gratitude for You and for all Your many blessings. Be with those who have recently lost someone near and dear to them. Bring hope, healing and comfort to them and the promise of a brighter tomorrow. In Your most holy and precious Name I pray, Amen.