The Lord God said, “By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Genesis 3:19

Christ Jesus abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 2 Timothy 1:10

What does this life matter to each one of us? I remember a pastor saying that life on this earth is just a bump in the road when compared to the life eternal that God has prepared for all believers. Sometimes the clouds of doubt, worry and trouble keep any one of us from keeping our eyes on God’s plan for us. There are times of despair; then Jesus breaks through to let us know that he is there and that the troubles of this world can never last.

 I remember when my younger brother died suddenly. People were just wonderful, often shared our grief, and comforted us in many ways. As I walked into the church for Gordon’s funeral my cousin looked at me and said, “You look like you need a hug.” I did. She hugged me. I’ll never forget her simple but important act of kindness and love. It lifted me up to face the day. I knew that Gordon’s time on earth was terminal. I know that all human earthly life is terminal. It is still difficult to face the time when each of our earthly forms returns to dust.  Faith in knowing that Jesus abolished death and brought immortality through the Gospel gives us courage to do whatever is set before us each day. We walk in his light when we have a clear vision in knowing that God has a plan for each of us.   

Dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
Thank you for abolishing death and giving us the gift of immortality. Give us the strength to do what you have set before us each day. Help us to always walk in your light. Help us to give hope to those in our midst who are suffering. Amen.

Florence Smallfield