A Lifetime is a Long Time

“A lifetime is a long time.”

My mother made this insightful observation as we visited on the phone recently. We usually visit briefly in the evening about the events of the day. Junior Dickerson inspired me to check in with Momma every day after Daddy died on December 15, 2007. Junior had called his mother every day for decades after his father died. We can and should learn from those who are further along in life than we are.

“A lifetime is a long time.”

Momma asked me if I had seen the special on the life of Eddie Sutton that had aired on the previous evening. I had not. Eddie had been presented as a real man with strengths and weaknesses. Nothing was glossed over in his life’s story. His problems with addiction reminded my mother of my brother’s struggle that led to his premature death. I don’t know that misery loves company, but I do know that it appreciates empathy. We are not alone as we journey through life.

“A lifetime is a long time.”

Long enough to eventually experience disappointments and challenges never considered possible during earlier decades. Long enough to eat a few words that implied immunity to the pain some families feel. Long enough to bury friends and lose jobs and develop cancer. Long enough for hearts to ache and homes to burn and cars to wreck and churches to struggle.

“A lifetime is a long time.”

Prayers offered decades earlier are answered and appreciated more than they would have been if time had not passed. New friends and new challenges come into life. Revival is sent by God into weary souls and struggling churches. Marriages that had grown cold reignite and bring immeasurable joy to both husband and wife. Peace replaces chaos and joy replaces grief. The ship thought gone forever finally comes in.

“A lifetime is a long time.”

Pa-pa used to say about Kiowa county – “I’ve never seen this land so dry that it does not become too wet, nor so wet that it does not become too dry.”   

We cannot fathom all that will happen in a full, long life. However, we can confidently rest in the unwavering love of God. He remains with us wherever we go. Even through the valley of the shadow of death.

I love you, Earl

FBC Happenings

  • This Sundays Sermon “Salty Christian Living” Romans 12:9-13
  • Loss of a Spouse by GriefShare meets this Sunday, January 17 at 4:30 p.m. in the Parlor
  • Precepts Class “1 John, 2 John, and 3 John” begins this Sunday, January 17 at 6:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center
  • GriefShare begins January 24 at 4:30 p.m. in the Parlor
  • Services are being posted on the church website, the church YouTube channel at FBC Weatherford Media, and on the church Facebook page at 9:00 a.m. each Sunday.

1 thought on “A Lifetime is a Long Time”

  1. Good morning Brother Earl! Hopefully every thing is going well at FBC, Weatherford. We’re enjoying living in Waco; with Doyle and Fay Jackson living two houses down the street and Kimberly and Randy living less than a half mile walk away. We’re as active as we can be at First Baptist, Woodway; but this just isn’t home. We’ve thought about coming up for a long weekend to visit our friends that are still there but with the inclement weather and this virus we’re just holding our own and waiting to see what transpires. Hug Nancy for us and consider yourself hugged until we get back up to W’ford.

    Sent from my iPad



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