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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Monday, January 23, 2012

The End of the World

It is interesting hearing people talk about the End of the World, especially this year with all the prophecies and calendar events and cyclical occurrences which have seemed to determine that this is the year in which our demise is evident.

There are conversations around Bucket Lists and the things that people want to do before life ends.

Most of the conversations I have heard are about the experiential nature of life, Bucket Lists seem to be about doing the things we always wanted to do and experiencing things we always wanted to experience.

What strikes me as odd is that there is a premise about these experiences, that being, that the memory of these experiences is somehow sustaining or enhancing of our life. If tomorrow we die then all that needs to be done today is 'to eat, drink and be merry'. Any experience we have is but for a fleeting moment and in the moment immediately seceding it, the moment is past and has become a memory.

So why build memories when your imminent demise is at hand. The thought is, and perhaps the underlying belief is, that these memories will survive us. An experience in this life is such a minuscule aspect if its only intent is a memory. The memory dies with us, which from my point-of-view makes these Bucket List conversations rather tedious and irrelevant.

If a memory is to serve us there must be a transferring of the life experience to a larger agenda. Within that thought lies the inherent belief that within each of us lies an eternal aspect to our life. As I listen to people talk about their Bucket Lists it becomes apparent to me that the eternal clock, which God has designed within us, is speaking to them of their eternal nature through their desires to build and retain memories of their experiences in this world.

If this life is all we have even Bucket Lists become redundant and possibly a short cut to insanity.

Eat, drink, and play,
While here you may;
For soon as death
Has stopp’d your breath
Ye ne’er shall see a cheerful day."

I think there is some confusion between the aspect of memory and our eternal yearnings which create a situation rich in retaining experiences without any thought or focus on how that eternity is going to resolve itself with the demise of either our bodies or the world in which we live.

I am all about living life and building memories, however, my decision about how my eternity is shaped is in the hands of God and I am trusting and believing in Him to provide for that eternity.
I am not suffering under any delusions as to how short this life is and how the experiences of this life are only harbingers and glimpses of life in Heaven.

'Momento Mori' "Remember that you must die"

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