Isaiah 63:16-17,19,64:2-7; Psalms 80:2-3,15-16,18-19; I Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:33-37
The legendary American lawyer, orator and politician, Daniel Webster, was visiting John Quincy Adams, sixth President of the United States. Webster asked the eighty-year-old Adams how he was feeling. The old man replied, “I am feeling like I inhabit a weak, frail, decayed tenement, battered by the winds and broken in upon by the storms. And, from all I can learn, the landlord does not intend to repair.”
“What man can cling to life and not see death?” asked the ancient Psalmist. Not John Quincy Adams, obviously, and neither you nor I nor anyone else in this world can cling to life and not see death.
Someone has written a little tongue-in-cheek piece about living our lives in reverse. “Life is tough,” it begins …
It takes all of your time,
all your weekends,
and what do you get at the end of it?
Death! — a great reward.
I think that the life-cycle is all backwards.
You should die first…
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