Cause to Pause

Reflections On Our Life in Jesus Christ

Today’s Bible Reading (from Psalm 31-32; Acts 23:16-35
Wednesday’s: Psalm 33-34; Acts 24

Gina Barreca is an English professor at the University of Connecticut and a syndicated columnist who writes of life experiences with well-crafted humor to season her words.  In April, 2017, she wrote of the heartache she experienced at age 22 when the man she planned on marrying decided to take a different route.  She had flown to London on a one-way ticket the year before, anticipating they would marry and make their life in England.  She now found herself sobbing in an almost-empty train car as she pressed herself against the window in devastation and loneliness.  The conductor saw the sad sight as he made his way down the aisle checking tickets and asked if he could sit with her a moment.  The much older and wiser man offered a strange sense of calm, and the tears stopped flowing for the first time in several hours.  He quietly listened as she told her story of loss, and then offered just a few words that she remembers four decades later.  He said, “You’ve got your life in front of you and plenty of time to make it a good one.”  She pondered his advice, and then sought to move forward with resolve to make it a good life.[1]

The Gospel offers that same hope.  Regardless of how much time we have left, and none of us knows, there’s plenty of time to make it a good one if we give the balance of our time to the Lordship of Christ.  The man crucified next to Jesus was in the waning moments of his life when he embraced the Lord, yet that was plenty of time to make it a good life because Christ gave him the gift of paradise.

Best regards,
Mark Dillman
Minister, Airport Rd. Church of Christ

[1] Beaumont Enterprise, 4/8/17, pg. 8A.