life is a vapor.
this is my sons birthday invitation, so full of life and promise. one year is about to take a bow, and another one about to waltz right in offering adventure, growth and more developmental milestones. i'll laugh and say words while hoping he repeats. he'll start to walk like a tottering baby giant and in this, still, his life will still only be in at the very, very beginnings.
this isn't true story for all babies. to some, they seem to say goodbye as soon as they've taken one breath - and even some are not offered such a luxury.
and this is only a clear melody - singing to our ever deceived souls - we will not live forever.
the reality that as quickly as amos will grow up, he too will die and face the God of the earth. his life will be evaluated, he will fall short of righteousness demanded, and by the grace of God, Jesus Christ will come and give his weak, feeble heart His own righteousness.
on this side of eternity he may go to harvard. swim the atlantic. create paintings that inspire awe. write music that sets hearts on fire. he may preach to thousands. heal millions.
but really, in the end of his short life (even at 100 years) he'll stand before God.
this is our fate. at 1 year old, 25 years old, or on our deathbed.
we will meet God and eternal life stands before us. an eternity of darkness or an eternity of Light.
and so, in reading this story, i am reminded of true parenting. the nature of this breath we call life. what matters as i help my son grow. and that because of the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross and His illuminating my heart - i will undeservingly live forever with Him.
amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.