One generation is born, the other one dies…
While we are children things look very different to us. Still, beside all the fun we get to have, we fall down from our bikes and must get back on them to know how to ride them without getting hurt. The first days in school are exciting but soon we realize that it’s hard work to get an education.
We leave school thinking Now the real fun begins: we will earn money and will be able to make our dreams come true. But working to make a living can be frustrating and the bubbles of our dream burst. The harder we work the more stuff we get the more we want the harder we will have to work. And we are left with the fact that what remains is: Same ol’, same ol’! Day in, day out! The alarm goes off, we get up, have breakfast, go to work, do our job, finish and come home, have dinner, watch a little TV, go to bed until the next day when the alarm goes off again.
Yes, we enjoy to go on vacations, we buy fancy cars, we built our dream homes, we stay healthy and wealthy — at least for a while. But, say:
What Hope Is This?
We might have “all” we ever dreamed of, laboured hard for house and cars and vacations, but:
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted. (Eccl. 3:1-2)
One generation comes, another passes away… As one dies, so dies the other. While we are young we don’t think much about death. The older we get the more it becomes clear: Soon it will be our generation that passes away. We can, of course, ignore that fact all we want to, but, guess what? Just as our dear friend Werner once said: Ten out of ten people die. Moreover, birth and death happen according to God’s timetable not ours!
Is this life all there is? And, if so, what kind of a hope is that? Give it another thought this Easter, would you?
Please note: No blog post on Good Friday. I’ll see you again next Monday — LORD willing!