All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the LORD blows on it;
surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever.
It was with shock and sadness that I received two calls last week about the passing of both Jerry Kerns & Joann Matheny. Jerry was a person I considered a close friend. We chatted over a variety of issues more than once. Jo was one of the sweetest ladies I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. There are certain people one looks forward to visiting because of how you feel once you leave their presence. Jo was one of those people. Although my schedule allowed me to officiate Jerry’s service, it saddened me that I was unable to preside over Jo’s funeral. The passing of these two people brings to mind an inevitable truth: not one of us will get out of this world alive! Death comes to us all: young, old, middle‐aged; everyone… it stands to reason, then, that we should want to do everything in our power to make sure our standing with our God is what it ought to be. Although Jerry “knew the score”, I don’t imagine Jo woke up last week and thought, “well, today I’ll go be with the Lord.” Her passing was a shock; not only to Lynn & Elsie but to each one of us who received word that she was gone. The writer of Hebrew reminds us that it’s appointed unto man to die and after that comes the Judgment. All of us need to be reminded from time to time of the inevitability of death. It comes to us all. Are you ready to meet your Lord face to face should He come today? Would you stand before Him in confidence if (for some unknown reason) you died tonight? The relationship we share with our God is one we should never neglect. If things aren’t right with Him, make them right: TODAY!
Have a blessed day and remember the One who gave it to you! Kevin
Kevin Lough is the minister at the Whitehall Church of Christ in Fairmont WV.