Life is Fragile

As I mentioned during this past Sunday’s announcements, I am very appreciative of the prayers, phone calls, and cards my family has received on behalf of my stepmother and her battle with cancer. She lost her father when she was 15, her mother when she was 30, and then later in life she lost both of her brothers due to what was blamed on hereditary cancer.

I am not trying to remind us of some unpleasant moment in our lives, but I suspect that most if not all of us have been impacted in some way due to cancer. I also believe that some of us may have been impacted by the sudden death of someone we love.

I admit that this isn’t exactly a pleasant topic, but isn’t this why we all should be ready and prepared to leave this life? My wife tells me that we are all one heart beat away from missing the next one. Needless to say, my heart AFIB issues remind me of that fact rather frequently.

James 4:13-15 (NKJV),13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”

The basic intent of this lesson is to point out that life is very fragile, and not to remind us of our sorrows. Although in 2 Corinthians 7:10 (NKJV), we read: “For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.”

None of us know how many more seconds, minutes, hours, or years we have remaining. I pray that we are prepared for what is to come, and that we all do what is right in the sight of our God.

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