Friday, April 29, 2005

From Wisdom 

This week has been very hard on me. After Phil's funeral I came back to a week of Biblical Theology class which has been all about death and our response to death. I didn't think it was bothering me until I realized I was on the verge of tears today. I know my grieving is not done. I prayed in chapel everyday for four people in my family who are sick, and now one has died. Three remain and this death has put into my mind the reality that those three will die too. That is where my tears are coming from. I'm not ready for that. And that unreadiness is what has made class hard this week. So, the only Biblical Theology I can live into right now comes from one of the books of Wisdom. It is where I am right now.

Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;
While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain:
In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened, and the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low;
Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:
Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.
Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

~Qohelet 12:1-17 (KJV)



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