Socrates said: “All men are mortal. I am a man. Therefore I am mortal.” What that means to you and I is that we are all going to die someday. No exceptions!
I look at obituaries in the newspaper every day to make sure some of the people from churches I’ve served are not listed there. One of the things I notice in the obituaries is that my age shows up often (mid-70’s to mid-80’s). My concern about my mortality was preying on my thoughts last week, probably because I attended my 60th high school reunion the weekend before and remembered the lengthy list of classmates that have passed from this life—almost half of the class of 1953!
This past week, not knowing of my concern about my mortality, my wife printed the words below, source unknown, and left the print-out on the computer desk as she was going to send it to someone. God has wondrous ways of communicating just what we need to hear! These words were what I needed to hear and I’d like to share ithem with all of you….
“Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow. The same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then. Put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations, and say continually, ‘The Lord is my strength and my shield. My heart has trusted in Him and I am helped. He is not only with me, but in me and I in Him.’ Lord I need you today.
Let’s live today in God’s love and grace that He shows us today. Trusting in God removes the worry about tomorrow for God is always there for us, whether tomorrow is the next day or eternity.