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Read: Acts 17:28 “For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’”

Last week our son, Joshua, turned 13 yrs. old; a milestone in life. We have a teenager! It doesn’t seem possible. It’s taken me a week to get it into perspective.

We watched the video that was made on February 14, 2006 at Ingham Hospital in Lansing on the day he was born. Joshua didn’t remember having seen it before, and it’s possible that he hadn’t, but I think we showed it to him a number of years ago.

Some observations: Joshua’s grandparents (Ronda’s folks) have passed away since that time; that doesn’t seem possible either. We have small video disks that are formatted in a way unfamiliar to our current electronics – times have changed. I had predominately brown hair 13 years ago – those days are gone

We waited nearly 17 years of married life to become first-time parents, and now another 13 years have passed. Some of you understand what I am saying, maybe even better than I. It is not my intent to stoke the fires of existential angst, it is really a reminder for me of several great life truths:

1) Things are in a constant state of change – even when we are oblivious to it.
2) When the Bible says, “In the twinkling of an eye” things will be changed, it’s something that is happening now – not just when Christ returns.
3) We desperately need to learn to count our days, so that our days may count.
4) All of this may seem melancholy, unsettling, even alarming; I find great comfort in the scripture verse, “In Him we live, and move, and have our being”. We are grounded in the Timeless One, the Eternal God – our faith is in Jesus Christ, Who “is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow”. So, I don’t despair of this great mystery of life and time. My concern is that I not confuse the sacred for the mundane.

I close by sharing what I’ve found to be a great prayer, “Lord, give me eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart to know Your Spirit’s prompting and presence. Amen.”

Shalom, Pastor Rob