Now I will tell you that on a dreary and rainy day like today, it is easy to allow ourselves to sink into moodiness and feeling down and low, but what a waste of precious life that is. Even on a dark and wet day, there is so much that we can enjoy. What things, you ask? Well, there is that special cup of coffee that helps us start our day; rich, dark coffee, a gift from God grown in nature's earth and processed by workers who know the secret of holding its flavor and wonderful taste. How about the beautiful trees and the animals who inhabit the land? Theirs is a beautiful example of His skill in creating beautiful creatures designed to deal with the struggle that is life in the wild animal world. And there are so many more, but none comes close to the experiences we have lived and what they have taught us and the joys they provided.
Think about that and what we have been through. In the early years we learned how to walk and talk, then how to ride a bike and we went to school to open our eyes to how important knowledge is. We experienced puppy love and teenage crushes which would later lead to marriage and the joy of commitment with someone special. We got our first real job and began a career, married and had children and enjoyed reliving our own childhood in the lives of those children. Then as we grew even older, we retired from work but reveled then in our grandchildren, spoiling them in ways that we couldn't sometimes afford as young parents. And finally, as we prepare for the final chapter of our life on earth, with the love of God in our hearts and the forgiveness of Jesus for our sins, we would prepare for the end of earthly life and the satisfaction that we were so much smarter and wiser at the end of our life cycle than earlier on.
So, be of good cheer and realize that each new day offers new challenges and opportunities to further improve ourselves. And if we do so with God foremost in our hearts, our transformation from mere mortal sinner to man or woman filled with the love of God will make us ready for paradise, where all the pain, suffering and anguish we dealt with will be over and done forevermore. God is good all the time and all we have to do is realize it, recognize and listen to the power of the Holy Spirit and through our believing by faith, our acceptance of Jesus as our Savior will set us free forevermore. We need to live each day like it is our last, for if we do, paradise will never be denied. And that will make all of our remaining days on earth as we contemplate an eternal life the joys of which are heretofore unknown HALLELUJAH!