Thursday, May 19, 2011

Personal Rapture

When Roger Whittaker sings The First Hello, The Last Goodbye, I am always struck by the line: "They say the moment that you're born, is when you start to die." We forget that life is a temporary job and could lose that job without a lot of notice. Young people seem to have little sense of danger or personal mortality. Older people sometimes seem to simply give up and let their lease expire.

For those threatened by a disease or disaster which could or will end that life, the initial reaction (at least in my case) is fear of losing everything and of dying alone. However, many discover that by living each day as a gift, and as though it may be your last, you can live in the present, the precious present, and not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow is in God's hands and is His present to bestow.


Personal Rapture

It's so easy to lose track of the fact,
That we all have an expiration date.
Little wonder so many of us act,
As if life and health remain on our plate,
Until we decide that the meal is done.

Invulnerable, we think, in our youth,
Many seek out thrills for life is boring;
And in our old age, though we sense the truth.
We spend a great deal of our time snoring,
Or worse, we end up spending it alone.

For those whose illnesses threaten their lives,
Fragile veils of self-deception shatter.
The loss of children, of husbands, of wives,
Of leaving behind the things that matter,
Fills their hearts with fear for when they are gone.

The precious present, for those who find it.
Is treasure beyond any Earthly store.
Some day they will die, but they don't mind it,
Living each day as if gifted one more,
Loving the gift as though it's the last one.

Mick McKellar
May 2011

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