King Solomon wrote a lot about the temporary human condition called life.

Seize hold of the moments that bring you joy because you will need that memory when suffering visits. We experience joy with the birth of a child; when he or she gets married and when we become grandparents. We sense the Good in a Creator when birds flock to a bird feeder, watch a stunning sunset in the Sierra Nevada mountains or marvel at a toddler who discovers “magic” stickiness of refrigerator magnets. When tears flow, we share in the suffering of our friends’ illnesses and loss of close relatives. Strengthened by our moments of joy, we offer comfort to the discouraged or serve one another in times of need.

3 There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

2     a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3     a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
4     a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5     a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6     a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7     a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8     a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace. - Ecclesiastes 3 (NIV)

Time moves on whether we notice the joys or obsess over our troubled moments. While not insulated from troubles, those who dwell in God’s Promise of what is beyond this physical realm, trust that our prayers are answered. Life is Eternal.


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