Barasoain Weekly Reflection for 21 – 27 January 2018
“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
– Psalm 90:12
In countries with capital punishment, prisoners are often treated with their last meal requests. They are also encouraged to make arrangements for their families and friends on what to do after his/her death. There are also priests and ministers available to ensure that the inmate will be blessed. They want to make sure that the condemned, though his/her life was already up, will be able to die in peace.
Though we don’t know for certain, people who die this way can be assured of peace on their demise because they know when they will kick the bucket. Most of the people, however, are not. They have to live in the reality that they don’t know when they are going to die.
Death, according to an anonymous verse, is “like a thief in the night.” It is unexpected.
So what does this teaches us when it comes to our lives?
The Psalmist told us to “number our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12) as we have only limited number of days on this planet. Also, the Apostle Paul also gave us an insight on what to do on our lives: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,” (Colossians 3:23). This means that we have to live our lives for God, as our lives are from Him and through Him it will be given. This is similar to the way Proverbs has told us: “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9).
As our lives are numbered, and death is a certainty, we are to live our lives to the fullest. For God, serving Him through the days we have on this world. By the time our time is up, we can offer the lives that He has given to us in jubilation.
“Live life so completely that when death comes to you like a thief in the night, there will be nothing left for him to steal.” – Anoymous