A Life Summed Up

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My father-in-law passed away this last week and we had his service yesterday–complete with a 21-gun salute, folding of the flag, and more. It was very moving and very meaningful. Of course, it was sad for all of us to lose Grandpa, but we know he’s in heaven with Jesus and is complete and whole.

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Today, I’m exhausted from the emotion and activity of the weekend. And perhaps that’s why my thoughts are more melancholy than usual. But I’m considering today how a long life can be summed up in a couple paragraphs for an obituary or a eulogy. Just the highlights. Not the details of a laugh or a conversation or a silly response to grandkids. Not the things that make up a person in our minds and hearts. All of those things will not be written down for generations to come–just the highlights.

And it makes me ponder the fleeting nature of life here on earth. One of my nephews read a great quote from the end of the Chronicles of Narnia that reminds me of what my friend RoseAnne once said to me: This life on earth is like a period at the end of a prologue. The rest–the real book, the real adventures are to come in heaven. They’re eternal.

I can’t help thinking that we’re each a link in a long chain. We need to be faithful to do what God calls us to–not to be famous or to leave a legacy–but to keep the chain of faith going. There is something very powerful about passing on to the next generation what we’ve received from the generation before us. And for this period of time–this very short time–that’s what matters most.

Our time is so fleeting. May we be found to be a faithful link in the chain!

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Christine Yount Jones

Christine has more than 26 years of children’s ministry experience. She is the Executive Editor of Children’s Ministry Magazine, has authored many books and articles on children’s ministry, and serves as Group’s Children’s Ministry Champion. She’s responsible for development and innovation of new resources.

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