This week we begin our series Living Fully All the Times and Seasons of Life, pondering the mysteries of birth and death which stand at beginning and the end of our physical lives here on earth.  And not just our own, but everyone’s.  While we may not remember our own birth, perhaps we have been there at the birth of a child or grandchild.  I have been so blessed many times.  Birth reminds us of the fragility and preciousness of life.  As a pastor I have also accompanied many people through the process of dying, and friends and family through the experience of grieving their loved one who has died.   Death is an experience that none of us escape, as Koheleth, the author of Ecclesiastes states again and again (Ecclesiastes 3:19-22; 7:1-4, 15; 9:1-10;).  Denying the reality of death, he says, is absurd.  But facing our mortality can lead us to live fully and value the moments of our life, especially moments of joy and love.  May God grant us the wisdom to fully live all the times and seasons of our lives.

peace, Ernie

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