Words from the Heart for Monday February 3rd, 2020
A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest.
Ecclesiastes 3:2 (NLT)
Birth and Death
Depending on where you live in Canada, your lifespan will be higher or lower than the national average. British Columbians live the longest (84 years for women; 81 for men) and people in Newfoundland and Labrador the shortest. Living on the West Coast corresponds to three more years of life than people on the East Coast. But people in the territory of Nunavut have the shortest life expectancy at birth in the country at 68.4 years for men and 72.9 years for women.
Back in November, an elderly member of our family passed away, at the amazing age of 102. She had lived a full life for most of those 102 years, but the last few months were a challenge for her. We prayed that the Lord would call her home, and He did – but in His time. I was reminded of the words for Ecclesiastes 3:2: “A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest.” The world was a far different place in 1917, when she was born, than in 2019 when she died. Every life has a beginning and an end. King Solomon noticed that life has a rhythm similar to the annual rhythm of the year. Farmers always know when they should plant their crops in the spring, and when the optimal time is to harvest each fall. God knew the perfect time to bring you into this world, and the perfect time for you to pass into the next. For those who are left behind, there is never a good time. But until death is finally defeated, we trust the Lord in both birth and death.
These have been words from the heart.