“Surely Your Goodness and Love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the House of the Lord Forever.” Psalm 23:6
Lord, You Are the Life-Giver. The Living God! You are the Alpha and the Omega, and we have our beginnings in You. We are animated by Your Breath of Life, as are all living things, and we are Made in Your Image which is Love.
Love is synonymous with Life.
If this were my last week on Earth, how would I spend it? …Seeing family and friends and doing the things I like to do one last time? I’m privileged to have choices. Some people will spend their last mortal week in refugee camps. Some people will starve to death during their last week on earth. If I were where war, poverty, or oppression limited my choices, what would I choose to do?
I suppose some might choose to speed up the end. But even people in the most dire circumstances cling to life. Skeletal Union soldiers imprisoned in Andersonville lived on despite their intense suffering. Emaciated concentration camp prisoners, who had lost their entire families, struggled to remain alive against all odds – not knowing what other horrors lay ahead. Some Holocaust survivors are still alive in their 90s, carrying their burdens of sorrow daily. They have chosen Life despite all of their losses.
“Something in me did not want to give up on life, was unwilling to let go, wanted to fight to the very end. Where that part of me got the heart, I don’t know.” Pi (Life of Pi)
We have an overwhelming Will to Live, Lord. There is something about the Essence of Life that we cherish deeply – regardless of how much pain and suffering we are going through. Why?
That all Life is Precious is a Spiritual Truth that everyone understands – though many turn away from this Truth to their own devices. The Will to Live is an incessant impulse based on our Deep Knowledge of Your Law, which is Love, written on our hearts. We know in our innermost beings that all Life is from You, Lord, and therefore Dear… And that we Belong to You.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set Eternity in the human heart… ” Ecclesiastes 3:11a
We feel rich beyond belief in a field of wildflowers or hiking through a sun-splashed woods.And we are Immortal!
Thank You for Your Twice-Given Gift of Life, Lord!
All Glory, Praise, and Honor to You, God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!Amen ✝️❤️😊