Another 6 months -- the first half of this year -- have passed, and the month of July begins. It feels as though January was just few days ago, and I was in my home with lit fireplace to thaw the cold weather, but the hot summer has already begun. I really feel like the time flies like an arrow. Who can dare to stop the flow of time? I've recently been reflecting back on my life of the past 30 years. There were occasions where I was energetic and not so easily fatigued. I'm past my mid-40's in age, and I become easily tired nowadays. As I know that the next 30 years will also pass by swiftly, the flow of time becomes daunting for me at times.
I often find myself gazing at the photos of our church members in the narthex. Everyone looks very good and fine in those photos, and everyone looks beautiful and handsome. However, some of those people's hair have turned gray by now some people have difficulty walking around and some people's backs have bent a little. I've recently looked at Mr. Rodger McCloskey's photo in the narthex. He looks very healthy in the photo, but he is currently in the Islands Hospice. He has not eaten well and looks skinny. As I saw him, I realized that no one can go against time and beat it. No amount of development in medical science can halt the aging process, and death cannot be stopped. Mr. McCloskey is a gentle person. I can feel the humility in his actions and words. I've once complained why God was taking such a courteous and good person back into His arms. I want to ask everyone to keep Mr. McCloskey and his wife, Mrs. Linda McCloskey in your prayers, and please pray that God's comfort and peace will take presence in their family.
Our lives belong to God. We must obey God's will and sovereignty, and live a purpose driven life on a daily basis. Half of this year has already passed. As we reflect on the last 6 months, we must also devise a plan on how to spend the remaining 6 months. Though it may be tiring and time-consuming, let us try to put more efforts in serving God, His church and people. We must try harder to be more mindful of other people's needs, and share our kindness and love to the best of our abilities. We will bring joy to God in doing so, and He will bless us accordingly.
May God's grace and blessings be abundant in your lives for the month of July.
Rev. Dr. David Choi