Today’s Scripture Selection: Psalm 90:10

“The length of our days is seventy years or eighty, if we have strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.”

On the one hand – it seems a dismal assessment of this thing we call our earthly life.  “Here today, gone tomorrow.”

On the other hand – it has inspired some wonderful, soulful, music as in “I’ll fly away, Oh Glory, I’ll fly away.”

It all depends on your perspective, doesn’t it?

And the words found in this same Psalm just a few sentences before adds great spiritual depth to our pondering:

“Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.  Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.”

“You turn men back to dust, saying, ‘Return to dust, O sons of men.’ For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.”

Here today, gone tomorrow – as God’s infinite Presence and Purpose continues to endlessly unfold through the ages.

At the very least, it should give us pause as we spend one more twenty-four hours, never to be available again.

“These are the days of our lives….”

That phrase should be more than a way to start a soap opera on TV.

It should be the affirmation that there is much to be done in the kingdom, while we have these few years at our disposal.

The passing years are a gift.  What shall we do with them?

Prayer: Almighty God – may my perspective always be one that honors the time you have graciously given to me.  Amen.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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