Psalm 49 feels to me like a wake-up call. It's all too easy for us to drift along with the illusion that we will have plenty of time to make changes in our lives. Take care of our health, patch up a broken relationship, save for retirement... we'll get to it, someday.
But is it true? We all know people who have been caught off guard. Maybe we will be too. No matter our wealth, or health care, or stature, our length of days has a way of sneaking up on us. Or, to turn this around: Death is no respecter of humanity. It comes to us all.
This psalm might come across as depressing, and maybe it is. At the same time, it's an important reminder of the transience of life. Each day must be valued. Each sunrise, and flower, and puppy dog, and child of God can bring us joy-and, hopefully, reorient us to the goodness of the Giver.
May I make the most of this one precious and blessed day, O God. Amen.
An excerpt from Christ in our Home
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