Sunday, November 4, 2012

May you enjoy your grandchildren

May the Lord continually bless you from Zion. May you see Jerusalem prosper as long as you live. May you live to enjoy your grandchildren. May Israel have peace! Psalm 128: 5-6 NLT

What does your future look like? What kinds of things, what countries or laws or places do you want to be still standing when you are older? What people do you want to enjoy when you are no longer young(ish)?

The psalmist hopes that God will continue to bless God’s people from Zion and that Jerusalem may continue to be prosperous. Obviously, this is after the exile. The psalmist does not what that kind of thing to happen again in his lifetime -- nor in the lifetime of the people he is blessing. The psalmist wants peace!

For some reason this reminds me of a church I knew fairly well at one time. The neighborhood was changing and many of the members were moving away or aging. Right behind the church was a cemetery. The focus for many of the members was not reaching the neighborhood for Christ but making sure that the cemetery had plenty of money to last for their lifetime...and beyond. The members set up an impressive endowment fund to ensure the cemetery’s future even while they struggled to meet bills and keep up with building repairs. 

What kind of thinking is that?

Would it not be better to reach out to the children of the neighborhood and be able to enjoy them when the members age? 

What are your priorities for your future?

God, we ask for your blessing both now and in the future. Help us to get our priorities straight now so that we can enjoy spending time with the children of our future. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Copyright Amelia G. Sims 2012

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