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The Feathered Quill Periodical

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“Like Sands Through the Hourglass”

By; Archdeacon Gary K. Taylor++
Chief Editor of the Feathered Quill Periodical and the Celtic Cross Global PRESS Corps

Grain upon grain they fall…almost imperceptibly at first; we pay them no mind - for we have an abundance.   We begin our walk oblivious to what is passing with every step, every blink of the eye, every beat of the heart… and the grains continue to fall…one by one.

Then at some point we recognize what is occurring, but as a horse with blinders on, we refuse to be distracted by it…one tiny grain at a time - they fall.  When the inevitable does near, we are angered - furious there were not more grains.   We cry and deny, struggle in anger, bargain in vain…but there are no longer, any grains left.  Like sands though the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.

Hello again brothers and sisters, I would like to share with you a story of life, and eternity, a story that has a beginning…

The other day I was watching inspirational sermons on “youtube” when I stumbled upon a video of a favorite Pastor of mine, Francis Chan.  I am sure many of you already know of his works and mission but for those of you who don’t, please allow me to give you a brief synopsis of who he is and his mission spreading the Gospel.  Francis Chan is a Pastor, author, and a true servant of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Francis founded a “mega-church” in Southern California but left after a number of years to  sow the seeds of God’s Word to those who were most in need.  He and his family sold all they had and relocated to the “Tenderloin” district in San Francisco, California – a very rough, crime and substance abuse ridden, economically depressed part of the city.  There he and his family are teaching, fellowshipping, and helping others find the path to salvation.  That being said, I “clicked” on a very short video of his on the subject of eternity.

 As Francis described it, think of eternity as a piece of white rope that goes on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on (getting the point?), forever and ever, and ever, and…well I think that is pretty clear.  Anyway, let’s get back to the rope…this white rope goes on for eternity - but, at the beginning of this never-ending rope is a section that is about three inches long – and for the sake of visually seeing it in our mind’s eye, let’s say this three inch section at the beginning of this eternal rope is colored “red.”  Now, imagine that this red three inch colored portion at the beginning of our rope is our life…three inches…that’s it!

Every day we are consumed with those three inches…”I am going to go to college here”… “get a job here”…“oh, and after I get married and have our 2.5  children here, I am going to work really, really hard so I can relax and retire – here (referencing the last ¼ inch of the red section of rope).  Do you see where I am going with this?  We are so focused…so consumed with living our lives, expending our resources, accumulating material things – things that won’t matter when we reach the end of those three inches, that we totally forget or don’t want to see the end approaching.

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21 ESV.  

Our hearts…minds…eyes and deeds, need to be turned to God.  
“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.   Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” Colossians 3:1-4 ESV.

As Disciples of Christ, we need to look beyond the “red three inches,” for what we do there (here on earth), will determine how we spend eternity.  Pretty cool, huh?!   Francis Chan relates the Word of God in parable so well - you can truly feel the Spirit!
I know it is a tough act to follow, but I will give it my best shot at spinning this “vista” another way.

Imagine your life here on earth is a tape measure…roll it out in front of you – got it? Now, let’s say we arbitrarily set the number of years the Lord has allotted you here on earth at 82.  And, just so you have a visual, let’s put a big, bright red box next to the number 82 on the tape measure.

Okay, so here is where it is different for each of us…walk out on that tape measure to the number that corresponds with your age – for me that would be 58.  Look in front of you at the closeness of the “red box” on the number 82…for me, that is pretty darn close…for some of you – maybe not so much.  Alright,  look behind you at the “years” that have already passed – WOW!

Now, ask yourself this:  “What have I done so far, to know that I will spend eternity with our Savior?  Have I squandered that time?  AND, more importantly, “what am I going to do with the time I have remaining here on earth?”  Life is full of choices…
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, ...”
Matthew 25:31-46 ESV.

Let’s make the most of the time we have here together…let’s make it a “celebration” of a life lived helping those in need, comforting those who are sick, living our lives as Jesus did…Let’s make our Father proud!

So dear brothers and sisters, our time again has drawn to a close…may the Lord bless and keep you and watch over you and your loved ones always.  It is truly – a story with no end!

Archdeacon Gary K. Taylor++
Chief Editor of the Feathered Quill Periodical and the Celtic Cross Global PRESS Corps

Until next time my friends, may God bless you!


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