It’s one thing getting chased by an ambulance, another by a hearse.
My Prius was flying at 60mph, when the hearse passed, lace curtains swaying.
What’s the hurry?
Somebody rise up, demanding a quicker route?
Some Scrooge, get a second chance?
Was the person, along for the ride, reliving, “You’ll be late for your own funeral”?
Afterthought: maybe it’s not all that bad getting passed by a hearse, being reminded, life’s fragile, brief, precious and worth celebrating the hearse wasn’t for you.
So how do we live adventuresome lives with a hearse gaining on us, while fighting fears and sometimes feelings more helpless than hopeful?
While going through some of Jud’s books for a friend, discovered one I’d intended to read, THE ONE YEAR BOOK OF ENCOURAGEMENT by Harold Myra, thoughtful writer and Norwegian! Jud read this devotional book during his final year, with the hearse in his rearview mirror.
The August 19 reading’s entitled, Desperate Prayers. King David in the Psalms cries,”Let all who are helpless take heart…I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears.”(Psalm 34:2,4,NLT)
Harold writes,”It’s when we hit bottom that prayer becomes essential–and the cause for joy. When we’re self-sufficient, prayer can be something on the margins we keep trying to get around to. When we’re fearful and helpless, we cling to it and find it sustains us.”
Jud underlined those words, adding PRAY in the margin.
Prayer fights fear with faith and Love, irregardless of the answers.
Fear keeps us stuck in our garages, going nowhere, but safe, hiding from the hearse.
Life’s risky-wonderful, worthy of passing prayers.
“Let all who are helpless take heart.” (Psalm 34:2 NLT)
A hurried hearse, good reminder to pray to never let Life pass us by.
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