A birthday calls to mind the growing snowball
Of time, and where it ends, the unknown valley
Of death, so we stop counting years — the clock
Cannot be stopped, so we ignore its sound.
When disaster strikes, we ask, “Where is God?” But every day God asks where we are. God gives life. If he allows us life today, it is because he wants us to repent and come to him. Glory to God for life today!
By J. Randal Matheny © 2015
From dust to dust return
the rise and fall of man
to life with empty hands
and when upon the sands
of time he spills his last
regrets he’ll go alone
a spirit who leaves behind
his goods and lands and deeds.
In some stories about the death of disciples in the New Testament, there is crying and grief over the loss. But in the case of Ananiah, nothing like that is mentioned.
I almost used this drawing as the illustration for
today’s devotional. It’s pretty cool.
Today, on Christmas, Vicki and I went both to the house of mourning and the house of feasting. Solomon would be proud, Ecc 7.
by J. Randal Matheny © 2011
If no one else remembers me,
Not friends nor even family,
When I am gone and laid to rest,
And having done my worst and best,
May some small child, a curious boy,
On setting aside his favorite toy,
Seek out a word that might inspire,
And find a poem of mine to admire.
If but for a moment he delights
In thoughts of mine to fuel his flights,
To turn the mind benevolent,
Though dead and gone, I’ll be content.
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The wicked say, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we will die” (Isaiah 22:13).
The righteous say, “Let us eat and drink, for yesterday we died in Christ.”
Because we eat and drink at the table of the Lord.
So far this trip I have been to three funerals or visitation. From what I hear, a fourth may not be far away.
One was a family member, one the wife of an old school mate, the other the son, three years older than I, of a family we used to go to church with when I was a boy.
These back-to-back funerals remind me that
Today’s devotional from
DEUS Conosco, translated for your edification.
But he was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. They woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care that we are about to die?”
Mark 4:38 NET
How ironic this question of the disciples to the Master, who came to earth to save and redeem mankind!