The Numbered Dash

Recently I saw a quote to the effect that we need to fill the dates on our tombstone with a life well lived. We live in the dash. This verse reminds me that that dash contains a specific numerical value.

God alone knows how many days we have, down to the fractions of days we enter and exit this world. Birth and death tend to follow similar paths, with suffering and labor. It is hard work to do either. And no one welcomes the pain it brings, yet at the end, there is rejoicing, whether you are entering into this world or arrive in the next.

Yet it is this passage of time that concerns us as we travel this dash. It is perhaps a mere coincidence that the standard punctuation between the two dates. But is truth that the line goes one way, from the beginning to the end. How you live it determines where you will be when the line ends. So as you live, may you live for the Lord.

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I've been in ministry in the Christian Churches/ Churches of Christ for 20+ years. Finished my doctorate in Biblical Studies in 2015. Serve today as a Hospital Chaplain.

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