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Life is made up of many threads. Events woven together into a rich tapestry that helps us see a bigger picture. Allow me to illustrate with this miscellany of brief items . . .

#1

Woman sat dead in front of TV for 42 years

Old TVThe remains of a woman have been found sitting in front of her TV — 42 years after she was reported missing.

. . . [she] apparently made herself a cup of tea before sitting in her favourite armchair in front of her black and white television. Croatian police said she was last seen by neighbours in 1966. . . .

Jadranka Markic was nine when Hedviga “vanished”.

She said: “I still remember her. She was a quiet woman who kept herself to herself but was polite….”  Daily Record

I tried to imagine the rest of the story. How could this happen? Who paid the bills? How could the only remembrance of her by the neighbors be that she kept to herself and was polite? Well, being polite is nice and all, but she’s dead. They thought she might have moved away to live with relatives. Being dead is about as big a move as one can make. If she were a Christian, she is indeed with family now, but to me that only brings up more questions. If she were a Christian, shouldn’t someone have known her?

#2

You might remember the 33,000 mph meteorite that slammed into central Russia in February.

Good morning. A meteor streaked across the sky above the Ural Mountains in Russia this morning, injuring more than 400 people, many hurt by broken glass, and causing explosions.

Fragments of the meteor fell in a thinly populated area of the Chelyabinsk region, the Russian Emergency Ministry said in a statement.”

Russian-meteor-victomYou might even remember Vladimir Zhirinovsky blamed American weapons testing for the 500 kilotons blast that broke factories windows and injured 1,100 people. But what you might not know is that your chances of being killed by a meteor are about 1 in 700,000. That’s still better than your chances of winning the Grand prize “Powerball” lottery: about 1 in 175,223,510 (according to Ronald L. Wasserstein – executive director the American Statistical Association, and the Powerball website,). But I’m a Christian, so I’m not worried about the lottery or being executed by an intergalactic meteorite heading for my glabella.

#3

Snake caused power outage to 10,000 homes and busineses.

Washington D.C. . . . A snake slithered into Dominion Power’s Arlington substation, knocking out power to more than 10,000 customers in Northern Virginia.

Squirrel Death WishThe vast majority of these outages are in Arlington, while thousands of customers are also out in Alexandria and Fairfax. Traffic signals are out in the area as well.” —WTOP news

I think hospitals usually have backup generators for critical functions. An uninterrupted flow of electricity is important during a heart operation — or any operation for that matter. Although, these types of power outages are more often caused by squirrels sipping some juice, I am glad I am not in the area affected by the snake — but double check your traffic light on the way home.

#4

Now just when you think its safe to go to bed, there are things you just don’t expect headed your way of a very terrestrial nature…

Joao Maria de Souza, 45, had been in bed with his wife Leni when a cow fell through the roof of their home.

The 1.5 ton animal is believed to be from a nearby farm and walked onto the roof of the couple’s house, which backs onto a steep hill.  The man died from his injuries the wife and cow escaped unharmed.

His grieving mother, Maria de Souza, told Brazil’s SuperCanal TV channel: ‘I didn’t bring my son up to be killed by a falling cow.'” —The Telegraph

Cow Looking BackIndeed, I don’t think any of us are brought up to be killed by a falling cow. It just shows us that when God says our time is up, He is unhindered by our abilities to prevent the tragic tail — our best efforts to stave off even the most bizarre ways to die.

How do you prepare for your last moments on earth? We should certainly do what we can to be cautious and protect ourselves, our friends and our family. But in the end, we are finite — limited in ability, skill, resources and time. We can’t stop the odd 33,000 MPH meteorite sniper, or a cow from taking a steeplejack correspondence course, or just slipping away while the reruns play on TV. Eventually, we all take the big trip to be with our family. But where is your final destination?  Will you be joining your family in heaven, or holding a reunion in a much hotter climate? Are you sure you’re headed for heaven?  And if you are saved by the grace of God, do other people know you and the truth about what God has said, or will they simply say that you kept to yourself and were polite?

We cannot save ourselves from the final moment on earth, but we can change our destination; and in the process we are changed here and now, finding joy in life and satisfaction knowing God and walking with Him. Neighbors will miss you when your gone because of the love and time you shared with them — because you cared enough to share the most precious gift that was given to you with them, Jesus Christ.

But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” —Isaiah 53:5-6

And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” —Acts 4:12

By His Grace,
James