Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Moments from Death...

The big story of the past week has been the death of Pakistani politician Benazir Bhutto --clearly a tragedy on many fronts. I was actually looking forward to Bhutto gaining power in the planned January elections in Pakistan, if only to see if she could make a difference politically in that troubled nation. The existing political situation there has just seemed unstable and unsustainable for so long, and clearly it's looking a lot worse since her sudden passing.

But on a spiritual level, I was just struck by how quickly things can change in our lives. One moment Bhutto was waving and smiling to her supporters, as in the above photo. Moments later she was gone; and her supporters, many of whom were looking forward to her inauguration, were left to start planning her funeral instead. Truly life is a gift, and at the end of the road what will matter the most is what we have done with this gift of life God has given us.

For non-Christians, every day they wake up is another chance God gives them to get things right with God, and accept His plan of salvation. Even for us Christians, we certainly have to reflect on our lives from time to time. How many people have we led to the Lord, directly or indirectly? How many lives will we impact on this earth, before we pass through life's curtain?I guess its good to reflect on these things sometimes.

(Psalm 39:4) : "Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, that I may know how frail I am."

(Psalm 90:10)The length of our days is seventy years-or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.

(Psalm 90:12): "So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom."

(Acts 2:38): "...repent, and be baptized every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. "

Happy New Year, everyone!

1 comment:

Joe said...

Wonderful posting and full of truth. With the recent birth of my son, your posting means much more than it would have to me.

Thank you!