Well, the doomsday date has come and gone, yet again. We’re all still here, and as the light dawns on a new day, nature is still and yet the world continues with war, poverty and hunger. Today is the Sabbath, the day set apart. A day to remember our God with prayers of gratitude and intention, a day for us to rest, a day to connect with family and friends.
I’m sorry for the angst that these doomsday predictions have caused many, especially children. But we must remember and teach them that only God knows what the future will bring. There is some wisdom to be gleaned, however, as is the case with most things….if given the time to reflect. What if yesterday really was your last day on earth? What if today is? How would you choose to live your final hours?
I remember a writing assignment in sixth grade. We were asked, ‘if tomorrow you were to lose your eyesight, what would you want to look at today?’ Some people wrote that they would travel and see sites that they had read about, some said that they would read a book, one person wrote that they would sit with their loved ones and just look at them all day long.
Maybe there is some value in remembering that one day it will be our last. After all, it is part of the ‘Rule of St. Benedict’ – “Keep death daily before your eyes”. This is not meant to be heavy, sad or depressing, after all, we are Christians and our death is part of our journey, our becoming that butterfly who can now fly. Perhaps it will make a difference in the way that we live, treat others, love others. Perhaps it will make us stop and enjoy life, laugh a bit more, cry a bit more. Perhaps it will increase our awareness and take us out of ourselves a bit more, help us to forgive and let go a bit easier. Perhaps it will help us to say ‘thank you’ more often, to God, to others, even to ourselves.
Another day, another gift, another chance. Let us use it wisely, make good choices, listen to one another, and love…..love simply, love totally, love with joy.
Hi Andie, I feel the same. I think we should live with the awareness that the end of the world can come at anytime…that Jesus will return, and we desire to do good for him because we love him. This doesn’t mean we should live in fear of the end, but just the opposite. We can be filled with even more love.
1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.”
This was a difficult subject to write about and you did it so well. These words have touched my life today.
“Keep death daily before your eyes.” Exactly my reaction, Andie. Sad for these people who do feel angst, as you so well said.
May we all learn to trust Godde’s love more…
I wonder if our Prophets of Doom have ever heard that it’s God’s love that leads men to repentance? I don’t think so, or they’d be prophesying an altogether different and – I dare say – more powerful message!
Glad to have another day for living the abundant life He so lovingly lavishes upon us.
another great post.
Beautifully said Andie, thank you. I have a motto that guides most everything in my life:
Live well. Laugh often. Love much.
They have served me well, always remembering to cherish God’s manifest blessings, never take anything for granted (or try hard not to…) and strive to live a life that is good and kind.
You know, I was thinking the same thing yesterday. Perhaps *something* good can come out of the doomsday talk – people might actually start preparing the way they should. For whenever the real day comes for any of us.
How many people hold back on enjoying life … waiting, for when the time is right. Not just now … They may have a special set of porcelain tea pot and cups but they don’t use them. It’s for special occasions … perhaps when the Queen or the Pope visit or someone important. And the items are never used or enjoyed.
As for me … when I heard on the TV News that the world would end I rushed out in the garden and watered the tomato plants. Wouldn’t want them to die after all the effort in growing them.
Great post Andie.
my dear andie, this post is so timely… it really speaks to me about seizing each moment, consecrating it to the Lord… thank you for your beautiful heart.