The Span of Life

When you get to be my age, you write out more sympathy cards than you care to. We lost another loved one in the family. She lived a long life. She was the last of the girls to go.

It is such an odd thing to have before you the grandmothers and grandfathers, mothers and fathers, and aunts and uncles. How fast life can be lived, but when you are a child you take for granted you would know them your whole life.

How our lives touch others!

I watched Seneca Lake as long as I could on our drive home. To me water is soothing, peaceful, and life. I thought of the words my husband spoke about truth, and wonder how many are still blind to it. Is all hope lost?

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.  John 14:6

We were nearly home and saw emergency vehicles, draping a mammoth flag over the bridge dividing the highway. Then another flag on the next bridge.

What was going on? I knew July 4thwas in two days, but I had never seen this done before. I turned in my seat and took a photo out the back window.

On the local news, a 29-year-old State Trooper was killed in the line of duty. I did not know this young man, but today I am sick of this. I can’t stop thinking of it.
We are all heartsick over one more shooting, one more person who is unhappy in life, detached, depressed, mentally ill, no matter…we ask—why do they take someone else’s life before taking their own?

We ask…when will it stop? Or…why didn’t I see any signs of violence in my neighbor? On and on, and it seems there are no answers.

I am sick of the questions, sick of our government trying to “fix it.” It is out of control. Let’s call it what it is.

The human heart is deceitful and it shows. The human heart is out of touch with the God of the Universe.

This God-King is still in charge! Most importantly, this God-King (amazingly) still loves humans and he has always loved!

One of these days he will say it is enough. He will be done with humanity, and take those ones home who love him. There will be an end to the planet and those blind; those refusing to acknowledge him will lose out. There will be no more chances.

The hardest thing is watching the blind keep doing their earthly thing and not seeking God.

He is not a religion in a church. I am not a religious person; I am in love with Jesus. Sometimes I don’t show it…yes, I have flaws. We all have flaws, and being rich or important doesn’t make us any better than anyone else. None of us are second class citizens. He loves and died for all.

We can’t pretend to ignore the presence of God until the end of our life, playing our lives out in our own fashion. We can really mess up. One false move and we can ruin our life.

He is not a cruel judge who sits on a throne in heaven waiting for you and me to mess up. He is here—living in people. He wants is to know you and for you to know him. He loves our deceitful hearts, because he sees us through the eyes of Christ…the one who set us free.

We are free!

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” Eph. 2:8,9 NIV


Freedom is a gift—take it.




4 thoughts on “The Span of Life

  1. Julie Shrauger Electric Utilities

    Thoughts for all of us to reflect on. Death where is your sting? Jesus cancels the sting with His life! Thanks for writing!

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