Sunday, December 12, 2010

Taking Kindly the Years

“Banish anxiety from your mind, and put away pain from your body; for youth and the dawn of life are vanity.”

~Ecclesiastes 11:10 (NRSV).

We are younger than we think we are. But, even when we’re old we’re young to the Lord. Even better, for us, is it to recognise the light of the spirit grows never dimly beyond our wills.

Sure, we will face God, and indeed we face this reality every day of our lives. But, still, we’re destined for peace—if we should choose for it. This is a peace beyond our circumstances and tempt for ‘nowadays’ fretting.

Things Don’t Change As Much As We Imagine Them To

The overall message of life should not be lost on us. We subsist here for a reason. Wrinkles and grey hair shouldn’t squabble with our spirits. We bring them the welcome mat.

Our lives are more than age. In fact, our lives are a golden testimony of our relationships through the months, years and decades. If not for other people, and for God, who are we? Besides these we’re nothing.

So, we celebrate the fact of life; that we share such a blessed existence.

Let us also celebrate the dear cognisance of eternity—as much as it relates to our personal and interpersonal lives. Our lives are the same the day we were born as compared with that last gasping moment.

Rejoice In Them All

Every year and every birthday and every Christmas—every opportunity—rejoice in this life.

For every gleaming light and for every darkish moment, we know that God is with us through his eternal Spirit that he’s placed deep within the force of life itself.

Every single waking second: Enjoy it, even in pain and within tribulation. Age and stage and daunting and pity and paralysis... nothing can affect it beyond our own wills in the Lord our God.

Banish the evil. Rest in good.

© 2010 S. J. Wickham.

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