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Words of wisdom from our weekly bulletin

THE CLOCK

THE CLOCK

The most inevitable occurrence in existence is death.   It is weirdly true that many of us tend to ignore it and pretend it will happen to everyone else but us.   Ralph Waldo Emerson seems to be speaking about this oblivious behavior in this quote, “The one thing we seek with insatiable desire is to forget ourselves…and to do something without knowing how or why.”  Evidently since no one knows ahead of time how and when we will die, with the exception of suicide, the reasoning must be to sublimate such thoughts to the far corners of the mind.   Consequently mankind has substituted various distractions such as:  jobs, drugs, travel, sex, sports, and many others so as not to have to think of eternity.

In an old song about an old man and his Grandfather Clock, we hear, “Ninety years without slumbering tick tock, tick tock, his life seconds numbering tick tock, tick, tock.   But it stopped short, never to sound again, when the old man died.”   Would this be better than ignoring time?   To wonder if any second might be one’s last?

The example of King Hezekiah, who was one of the “good” kings gives us pause for thought.   He was told by the Prophet Isiah to get ready to die.  (2 Ki20:1)  He wept bitterly and begged God to remember all the good and faithful deeds he had done.   God heard the prayer and saw the tears and granted him 15 more years of life.  (2Ki 20: 4-6)  However, this must not have been for the best because he made several bad decisions and doomed his descendants to serve in exile in Babylonia and even appeared to reflect a selfish, sinful attitude about it.  (2 Ki 20: 12-19)

Although the Bible clearly says, “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the Judgment” (Heb 9:27 KJV) it also advises us through Solomon to “eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work…(Ecc 2:24) And after all is said and done, to “fear God and keep His commandments.”  (Ecc 12:13)

For Christians we should not live in a state of depression worrying that each tick tock of the clock might be our last.   Nor should we obsess about worldly activities trying to avoid thinking of our death.   Rather, we should trust the Lord to decide when and where we’ll get to finally join Him in glory.

Jim Bailey

 

MAMA BEAR

Almost everyone knows not to come between a Mama Bear and her cubs.  The few who don’t know this would soon suffer a painful, if not deadly lesson if they did. Anthropomorphism is a term which means to ascribe human traits to animals or material objects.  It may be that when we say that the Mama Bear is loyal, nurturing, tender, protective, angry and vengeful, we are using this process in calling these traits love and devotion.  Nevertheless, should one try to harm the cubs, he would not have time to analyze nor categorize instinct and human emotions.  The brown bear of Kodiak Island has been known to measure 12 feet high when standing on her back legs.  Were we to encounter such a giant with cubs we would, no doubt, add imposing to the other traits.  Continue reading

Wedding Shower

A Wedding Shower for Jennifer Bellido and Michael Fielding (both guys and girls!)  will be Sunday, September 18 in the overflow  from  2-4. They are not registered but would appreciate gift cards to Bed Bath and Beyond, Home Depot or Target.