Daily Office Readings for Saturday of Proper 20 Year 1
“The span of our life is seventy years, perhaps in strength even eighty; yet the sum of them is but labor and sorrow, for they pass away quickly and we are gone.” (Psalm 90:10)
I already consider myself very fortunate being over seventy years old. I have already experienced the passing of friends who did not continue on with me as we aged together. I have also experienced the death of those who are older but have now passed. Labor and sorrow, I think are properties of a life, long lived, but I don’t believe it is always the sum of them.
Much of life is joy and happiness. While there are painful times, there are also times of jubilation. This very day I will preside at the celebration of life of my first Senior Warden and very dear friend. We took on Saint Paul’s in the Pines together with God’s help. I could not have done it without her. And while near her end she did suffer some labor and sorrow it certainly was not the sum of her life. She was an educator, mother and loving grandmother and hospital volunteer, just to mention a little of the joy of her life.
Also, I think there needs to be a distinction between labor and sorrow. Labor, that is work, sweat equity, is a necessary ingredient of a life well lived. Who knows? Maybe with a little work a happy life span may take us to ninety years, perhaps in strength even a hundred years. And the sum of those years will be called labors of love, not sorrow. That’s what I’m shooting for. Thank You Jesus.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to God’s people and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John+