Isaiah 40:6-8: “A voice says, ‘Cry out.’ And I said, ‘What shall I cry?’ ‘All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.’”

In his last album, Jim Morrison expressed his depressed world view in a song that would become a hit soon after his passing. Here is an excerpt of the song lyrics:

“Into this house we’re born, into this world we’re thrown like a dog without a bone, an actor out on loan.”* [*Source: “Riders on the Storm” from Jim Morrison’s 1971 studio album “L.A. Woman”]

Many people wrestle with melancholy because everything on earth has an expiration date, our lives included. We all age. Although everything on earth is transitory the Word of God remains. We need to remind ourselves that life in this world is not everything there is; there is more to come; our souls and spirits live on.

In Jesus we matter. He is known to be merciful and has the power to turn our lives around. Even as we age He renews us from the inside, which is why believers know hope. Their dusty frame carries precious cargo: the message of Christ. On this note the apostle Paul wrote [2 Corinthians 4:7]:

If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives.”* [*Bible Translation: The Message]

To be clear: believing in Christ does not exempt us from sadness. It is important to turn our eyes on Jesus and remember: we are loved. The message of Christ Paul refers to in his letter to the Corinthians is the good news of the gospels: Jesus is the Word-made-flesh who moved into the neighborhood and is now in heaven interceding for us. He came to seek and save the lost; those who believe in Him have eternal life.

Movies have been created speaking about time travelers changing the past and thereby changing their future. Although we are no time travelers who can go back to the past and fix things, we have a more powerful tool available: We can change our future when we change our minds.

“My heart and flesh may fail
The earth below give way
But with my eyes, with my eyes I’ll see the Lord
Lifted high on that day
Behold, the Lamb that was slain
And I’ll know every tear was worth it all”

Songwriters: Joshua Moore / Brian Woods / Lauren Chandler / Shane Barnard / Bethany Joy Barnard

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