In the Bible, there are some people who live for a very long time. Methuselah is not a major character in the Book of Genesis, but we are told in Genesis 5:21-27 that Methuselah lived 969 years. That’s quite a life! Of course, back in those days, I’m not sure how they were able to keep track of all that time. Maybe Methuselah lived a few years shy of 969.
In Psalm 90:10, we read “The days of our life are seventy years, or perhaps eighty, if we are strong. . .” The King James version of the Bible puts this in a more poetic way: “the days of our years are threescore years and ten; and. . . by reason of strength they be fourscore years. . .”
In my life, I have only known a handful of people who have lived 100 years. Come to think of it, I’ve only known two: a woman named Lu Daumer in the first church I served after seminary and BPC’s own John Robinson. John has lived — and continues to live — a remarkable life and I will be present to celebrate him this coming Sunday at a birthday party in Durham, NH. According to the invitation, we will be celebrating John’s “first centennial.” I love this!
How long do you think you will live? None of us knows how long we have. I can guarantee that we probably won’t be racking up Methuselah-esque numbers. What matters, though, is what we do with the time that we do have. Every moment is precious. Every moment is a gift. This is something that John Robinson believes.
May we also believe this – trusting it to be true.
See you in church!
Grace and Peace,
Prepare for Worship
This Week: “Our Cup Runneth Over – Sharing the Abundant Life”
- Read Psalm 23
- Read John 10:1-10
- Read or sing Hymn # 802 – “The King of Love My Shepherd Is”