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.

 

 

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Imaginings

If we did not question all of life, we would not learn or grow. If we accepted everything that came along as truth, we would be a fool.

We must search, we must ask.

But asking mankind would make us a fool. Man has set himself up as god, thinking God old-fashioned, ancient, not with the times.

I watch spring opening before me. The grip of cold has really gone. Today I felt it as I walked.  The geese feed on the field in pairs. The starlings dot the field a few moments, then fly off as one. The robin song is louder, happier. This happens every year…seasons change all by themselves.

Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ every year at this time. We contemplate his life, his sorrows, and being left alone on the cross. Even the Father turned away.

Though the whole world does not accept Jesus Christ as Lord, the world revolves around everything he did. We are in the year 2018 AD…imagine this.

I do not pretend to know all about this. I was not there at the beginning of time, only God was there. Living in a broken world, I can barely imagine the beauty of Garden of Eden. Were there proper gardens with rows and rows of vegetables? Or were things grown helter-skelter in a display of wonder? Did intricate flowers grow that have now become extinct?

Did the animals talk?

I only know that Jesus came to earth to live and teach but a few short years. Not to become King of Israel, or the whole world…not yet.  He came when he did to give it all up to save the souls of mankind.

Look at our broken world and tell me we can have hope all on our own. We are floundering. Until we humble ourselves and stop playing god, we will never get it…this life we were given.

 

“No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this, 

never so much as imagined

anything quite like it–

what God has arranged for those who love him.” 

1 Corinthians 2:9 Msg

 

Celebrate the life and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. Search for him. May you invite him into your life for the fullness of his love. He will never turn you away.

 

“Give me your lantern and compass, give me a map, so I can find my way to the

sacred mountain, to the place of your presence, to enter the place of worship, meet

my exuberant God, sing my thanks with a harp, magnificent God, my God.”

Ps. 43 Msg