Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Hint of Eternity

Good morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! After sunshine in the afternoon yesterday, we have overcast skies again today, but they may clear up again and once again, we will be having very warm weather.

After the estimator came to look at my flat roof, I went on over to the park and looked for the big gator again. He was there, but partially submerged, so only the fat middle part was showing, A brave, little moorhen was swimming around him, very unconcerned. Across the street a couple turtles were sunning themselves on the weir, but no ibis. This is leaf falling time and maple leaves are all over at the park, with the boardwalk pretty much covered and oak leaves are falling here at home. I swept up a big pile from the front porch, but more will be falling today in the wind which has picked up. But, God is good!

From Quiet Moments with God:

We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen, is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:18

Eternity is a difficult concept for us to grasp.  In human terms, it seems a matter of time---or more accurately, timelessness. But eternity is more than a measure of time. Things said to be "eternal" have a quality of permanence. The benefits of eternal things are not found solely in the hereafter; they provide an incredible sense of satisfaction in this life as well.

The late Lorado Taft, on of America's great artists, often said that a real work of art must have in it "a hint of eternity." The writer of Ecclesiastes says that God has not only made everything beautiful, but also He has set eternity in the hearts of people. When we do a good peice of work, whether it is part of our vocation or not, we may find in it a hint of eternity, the abiding value that outlasts silver or gold.

Daniel Webster, one of America's most famous statesmen, once said;

If we work on marble, it will perish,; if on brass time will efface it; if we rear temples, they will crumble into dust; but if we work on immortal souls and imbue them with principles, with the just fear of God and love of our fellowmen, we engrave on those tablets something that will brighten to all eternity.

Ascending to the top of one of the magnificent stairways in the Library of Congress, one reads this inscription on the wall" "Too low they build who build beneath the stars."

In building your life, build with God for eternity. In building the Church build to the glory of Jesus Christ for the salvation of soul.

Ask the Lord to show you this evening how to make your life and effort count for eternity. Pray for an awareness of eternity as you face every decision and task each day.

If we build to please ourselves we are building on the sand.
If we build for the love of God, we are building on the rick.
Oswald Chambers

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!

Love and hugs, Amaryllis