Facing Mortality

One of our brothers shared about a string of health issues he’s facing that made him think about his mortality and the frayed relationships in his family and circle of friends.

He’s lived the three score and 10 years that the Word says is the average lifespan allotted to man. Psalm 90 gives us perspective as we consider the days before our earthly end.

Verses 9 and 10 in the Net Bible read:

The years of our lives pass quickly, like a sigh. The days of our lives add up to seventy years, or 80, if one is especially strong. But even one’s best years are marred by trouble and oppression. Yes, they pass quickly and we fly away.

When we examine our own lives closely, each of us likely is not much different. The end of this life will come sooner or later, but certainly the end will arrive much quicker than we thought, without a chance to tie up all the loose ends.

Micah 6:8 gives us a way to approach life that helps avoid piling up “loose ends” in our relationships with each other and our God.

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
May we do so today, should it be our last, and tomorrow and the next, if we have the chance.

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