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June 5, 2024

Dear Church of the Open Bible,

Yesterday, while driving to his violin lessons, my fourteen-year-old son asked, “Dad, do the years go by faster the older you get?” We were talking about the summer and I think, for the first time in his life, he felt that the previous year had gone by quickly. It was a bit sad for me to see this realization. Everything seems to go so painfully slow when you are younger that there’s a natural chomping at the bit and excitement. But at the same time, I was glad for him to get a taste of our brevity because with it can come wisdom. Psalm 90 concerns this, but let me share  just a few verses with you.

So teach us to number our days 

   that we may get a heart of wisdom. 

Return, O LORD! How long? 

  Have pity on your servants! 

Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, 

  that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.  - Psalm 90:12-14

Considering the briefness of our little lives should throw us back onto the permanence of God’s existence and love. Notice how this heart of wisdom is expressed in longing for the Lord to return and leaning on the Lord for satisfaction and joy today. Have you numbered your days? Has today been numbered? Our lives may go by quicker each year but they can also deepen each year if we are anchored to the everlasting God through His steadfastness in Jesus Christ.