I heard an interesting sermon last weekend, a quick summary of the three most basic stages in life. The first compared birth to a chicken hatched from an egg. This initial period of infancy forces children to be dependent upon your mother and father, guardian or parents. The early years involve learning how to walk, talk, eat and becoming potty-chained. From a spiritual point of view, the young emulate their parents, for better or for worse. Until the age of eight teen, give or take a few years, children remain in the nest at home until each is ready to fly or nudged.
Joseph is a fruitful bough (a main branch of the vine), A fruitful bough by a spring (a well, a fountain); Its branches run over the wall [influencing others], Genesis 49:22.
If anyone is struggling to find a significant other, there are a growing number of dating sites to find an ideal match. Going back to the earliest days in history, God created men and women to procreate the earth. Thus, once a certain level of maturity is reached, college students begin to search for a soul mate, seeking to be matched in Holy Matrimony. However, there is one disclaimer: This stage in life is optional as the apostle Paul urges godly believers to remain single if its God’s will for your life. Nonetheless, the majority of human beings seek a suitable helper in life. As Tom Cruise once said in Jerry Maguire, “you complete me,” in reference to his wife.
By the God of your father who will help you, and by the Almighty who blesses you with blessings of the heavens above, blessings lying in the deep that couches beneath, blessings of the [nursing] breasts and of the [fertile] womb. “The blessings of your father are greater than the blessings of my ancestors [Abraham and Isaac] up to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills; They shall be on the head of Joseph, Even on the crown of the head of him who was the distinguished one and the one who is prince among (separate from) his brothers, Genesis 49:25-26.
While the first two stages in life bring joy, the final one introduces a painful reality, death. Every year Catholic’s celebrate the first day of Lent by attending Ash Wednesday services. The purpose of this day is based upon words from the book of Job. After experiencing a series of trails in his life, Job responds with the words,” ashes to ashes and dust to dust.” This simply means that God created Adam out of dust and one day every human being will be dispatched, becoming dust overtime as your earthly body decays. Whether you celebrate a hatching, matching or grieve at a funeral, seize each moment that God gives you on planet earth.
by Jay Mankus