“Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”
In light of the many deaths we have experienced in the last few months here at ULC, and with all the news of lives ending abruptly and unexpectedly due to violence, natural disasters and other causes, I am once again reminded of how tremendously resilient - yet delicately fragile - our lives are.
Our time on earth is precious. I find myself moved to grasp each moment and treasure it; and not only for myself, but for others as well.
Let's put our daily “to-do” list aside to stop and do something nice for someone in need. Let's help someone get to the grocery store. Let's bring a pot of coffee to a neighbor who is alone. Let's not just give money to the beggar at the intersection, but park our car and ask to hear their story.
Life is precious. Let's do the most with the time we have. We are called to be “Jesus with skin on” for others. Together - with boldness and imagination - let's be the church beyond the walls of our building.
Lord, help us to treasure the time you give us. Use it to be your hands and feet in the world as we share your love and care with others. Amen