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Living Well

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October 15, 2021 8:00 pm

Living Well

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October 15, 2021 8:00 pm

Free funerals for the living. That’s the service offered by an establishment in South Korea. Since it opened in 2012, more than 25,000 people—from teenagers to retirees—have participated in mass “living funeral” services, hoping to improve their lives by considering their deaths. Officials say “the simulated death ceremonies are meant to give the participant a truthful sense of their lives, inspire gratitude, and aid in forgiveness and reconnection among family and friends.”

These words echo the wisdom given by the teacher who wrote Ecclesiastes. “Death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart” (Ecclesiastes 7:2). Death reminds us of the brevity of life and that we only have a certain amount of time to live and love well. It loosens our grip on some of God’s good gifts—such as money, relationships, and pleasure—and frees us to enjoy them in the here and now as we store up “treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Matthew 6:20).

As we remember that death may come knocking anytime, perhaps it’ll compel us to not postpone that visit with our parents, delay our decision to serve God in a particular way, or compromise our time with our children for our work. With God’s help, we can learn to live wisely.

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Hi and welcome to today's reading from the Our Daily Bread devotional. It was written by Pope Fong, Chia, and she titled it. Living well free funerals for the living. That's the service offered by an establishment in South Korea since it opened in 2012, more than 25,000 people from teenagers to retirees have participated in mass living funeral services, hoping to improve their lives by considering their deaths. Officials say the simulated death ceremonies are meant to give the participants a truthful sense of their lives inspire gratitude and aid in forgiveness and reconnection among family and friends. These words echo the wisdom given by the teacher who wrote Ecclesiastes. Death is the destiny of everyone. The living should take this to heart that reminds us of the brevity of life and that we only have a certain amount of time to live and love well it loosens our grip on some of God's good gifts such as money, relationships and pleasure and frees us to enjoy them in the here and now, as we store up treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. As we remember that death may come knocking any time. Perhaps it will compel us to not postpone that visit with our parents delay our decision to serve God in a particular way or compromise our time with our children for work with God's help, we can learn to live wisely.

Today's Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is from Ecclesiastes chapter 7 verses one through four.

A good name is better than fine perfume and the day of death. Better than the day of birth is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting for death is the destiny of everyone.

The living should take this to heart. Frustration is better than laughter because a sad face is good for the heart.

The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure. Let's pray. Loving God, help us to remember the brevity of life and to live well today it's in Jesus name we pray.

Amen. Thanks for listening today. My name is Tony Collier and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries


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