Posted by: Phoebe | December 14, 2008

Eat, drink, and be ready to die

raspberry

Last night I went to a friend’s tea party. She prepared all sorts of lovely cookies, as well as her signature Russian Cream, basically jellified and flavorful whipped-cream with raspberries! As I sat down next to the fire, I just soaked it in. After the semester of stress, I just savored being at rest, with friends and lovely yummies, and no to-do list at the back of my mind!

 

Contrast that — a couple weeks ago I was out driving with my mother in our neighborhood, and I saw a bright-eyed grey squirrel on a wall. He was so cute, and seemed to be watching me. Two hours later, I rode my bike down that same street on the way to school, and I saw something grey and squashy on the road! It was the squirrel, dead. Roadkill is always disgusting, of course, but this was particularly sad since I had seen him, so full of life, just a couple hours earlier.

 

Holiday enjoyments in context, I remember that we are all going to die.

All flesh is grass,
and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades
when the breath of the Lord blows on it;
surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever. (Is. 40:6-7)

 

Yes, death is inevitable, and it may come sooner than I expect. It is good to remember this. In the New Testament, Peter mentions this verse from Isaiah, and shows us what that “word” is that stands forever: the good news.

You were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers,

not with perishable things such as silver or gold,

but with the precious blood of Christ,

like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.

He was foreknown before the foundation of the world

but was made manifest in the last times

for the sake of you who through him are believers in God,

who raised him from the dead and gave him glory,

so that your faith and hope are in God.

(1 Peter 1:18-25)

 

Knowing that death is not the end, hold onto Jesus’ steadfast love, and rejoice! Receive God’s gifts with joy, enjoying fellowship and lovely cookies! 

I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live;

also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil

—this is God’s gift to man. (Eccl. 3)

 

This is not the end. Someday we will die, or Jesus will return for his children. So enjoy life, and be ready.

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Responses

  1. Amen!
    We have a glorious hope (promise) and the gift of pleasure in the toil!
    Amen!
    Please pass the Russian Cream!

  2. Good stuff sister. It’s sometimes too easy to get caught up in the pleasures or pains of the moment. Eternal perspective counts.


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