Saturday, July 14, 2012

the heart of the wise

A good name is better than precious ointment,
    and the day of death than the day of birth.
It is better to go to the house of mourning
    than to go to the house of feasting,
for this is the end of all mankind,
    and the living will lay it to heart.
Sorrow is better than laughter,
     for by sadness of face the heart is made glad.
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning,
    but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

~ Ecclesiastes 7 ~

The Lord has given new insight into this passage over the last 24 hours.  My in-laws' home has always been a house of feasting, a house of laughter, a place where the heart is made glad.

Presently we're waiting on the Lord to take my father-in-law home to heaven, which -- as the Apostle Paul says in Philippians 1 -- is "to live"... is to "be with Christ"... which is "far better" than life in this world.

For the godly, the Risen Christ is the Lord of both the day of death and the day of birth, both the house of mourning and the house of feasting, both sorrow and laughter, both sadness of face and gladness of heart.

Let the living lay this to heart.  For this is the end of all mankind.

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