Hello & welcome, I have been waiting with excitement to share our time together today.
I have made Gf carrot cup cakes with cream cheese frosting & brewed a new Morning black tea blend, grown & refined here in Australia.
The cup cakes are so moist & delicious, with the frosting so creamy & tasty!
I haven’t made these for years, as they are so morish you can’t stop at one!
We are seated today looking out over the bay, protected from the cold wind, in the lovely warm sunshine.
With the sound of the waves lapping the shoreline.
Now we are enjoying our tea & treat, shall we begin our reflection…
A Circle of friendship
I watched a movie length documentary the other day with my dear friend, we don’t often watch documentaries together but on this occasion we did.
It was about the lives of four very accomplished women in the same profession
But whom had led very unique lives while continuing a life long friendship.
Apparently they often get together to catch up but on this occasion a film team was present filming.
My friend & I roared with laughter at many of the funny things said & unsaid by these women, obviously close friends, while chatting around the table with each other.
But in the last 30 minutes of this documentary, the mood completely changed.
It had been a day of fond reminiscing, friendly teasing, inside friendly banter & a discussion on more serious memories of their first husbands (whom had since passed).
There had been both endearing & surprising behaviour from these four octogenarian friends during the filming.
But what changed the mood was the mention of another friend whom had made their own preplanned funeral arrangements.
All those around the table became very solemn & somber, a few feisty about how dare this friend ask if they too had made plans for their funerals.
But the mood had definitely changed…
I clearly observed real fear take up residence in each one of their faces on this subject.
Then the matriarch of the group abruptly ended the filming.
While eating our sandwiches & drinking our cups of tea, after watching this documentary.
My friend & I discussed how interesting it had been to watch & learn more about these women.
Though later that night, I found myself rather deep in thought for these ladies.
These women had all reached the absolute pinnacle of their profession, each had been honoured & awarded the highest title of the land for their work.
But none of them had any future eternal hope.
Each one had shown a real & palatable fear of death & dying.
This is not in any way a judgement but an observation through decades of experience as a Clinical Counselor.
A quote kept coming to mind as I reflected upon this observation.
It was a quote from a poem by C.T Studd, that hung in the main lecture theatre at the Bible college I graduated from;
“Only one earth life, Soon it will pass, Only what’s done for Jesus will last.”
I thought of my own personal journey of death & dying (shared Here).
And the promised future hope that I have come to know intimately.
Death for me does not hold fear or terror, for I know whom I believe & what awaits those whom believe in Him.
Do you fear death my friend?
There is One who can take that fear & turn it into joyful hope if you allow Him. More in Prayer
Until next time,
You’re most welcome to join me in The Reading Nook
Or in Prayer
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28 thoughts on “Only one earth life…”
All I know is I look forward to going home! There are hugs I never got there from a daughter I never held. There is my Father – who will hug me like my father never did. I cannot imagine not having that homecoming!
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What delight it will be Maryleigh to hug our children who have gone before us!
I too have a daughter, Candy & Son, Benjamin who I didn’t get to hold. I also have my late husband there.
You may enjoy reading my experience of heaven after giving birth to Benjamin in a clinical near death experience & what your loved ones are enjoying at the moment,
Sounds like a great movie and so good to have them reflect and even express their fears – hopefully all who see it will take stock and find true Hope.
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My hope too!
It is sad when people who have lived successful lives in earthly terms have no hope beyond that. The hope we have of eternal life makes such a difference!
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