May 19, 2011
"All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever." 1 Peter 1:24-25
It's been a series of events - some good, some not so good - but all of them a part of life that made me think of this verse.
My mother-in-law, Cecile, or more affectionately known as "Meme," has had some medical scares lately that have caused Annette and me to have to deal with the reality that she is frail and that the caregiver will one day need care.
I had the opportunity to go to the hospital this week and stand around a bed with children and grandchildren of a beloved parent who was hours away from eternity.
I had the opportunity to go to PLU and listen to my son give a speech that is one of his final tasks before receiving his college degree.
We recently celebrated my youngest daughter's 16th birthday.
As I said earlier, some of these are good moments and some of them are not so good, but all of them are a part of what makes up the lives of people every day. And now that I stand firmly entrenched in what is called being "middle aged," the reality of that makes the truth of 1 Peter 1:25 all the more important. That it's the Word of the Lord that remains forever which makes these moments - whether good, bad, sad or happy - not the final authority or truth of what's going on around me. God's Word is the chief cornerstone that weaves all of these life events together, bring meaning and purpose to them, and provides a constant sense of peace in it all.
Life may be fragile but our footing in God's Word is firm.