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Turn Turn Turn

Sometimes the World gets it right.

"To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
And a time to every purpose, under Heaven"
Proverbs chapter 1 has something to say about turning.
Let me set the scene for you.   You are a child, you are wandering the noisy streets of the bustling city.
You pass by marketplaces where vendors are peddling their goods. 

"Buy this!  Buy that!" 
"If you have this you will be happy!"

There is a loud din, it's the voice of the world and it is speaking. 
Its message is loud and pervasive throughout the streets. 
Temptation is lurking.
Ambushes await and it is
So Loud.

 Around every corner, there are people trying to gain your attention. 
"Come with us....together we can commit this crime...."
"We'll be rich.  You'll be famous..come...."

But wait.
There is a voice that rises above the humming din of sin. It is the voice of wisdom.
Wisdom is crying out.
She "cries aloud in the street,…
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“Almost perfect… but not quite.”

“Almost perfect… but not quite.”
Those were the words of Mary Hume
At her seventh birthday party,
Looking ‘round the ribboned room.
“This tablecloth is pink not white—
Almost perfect…but not quite.”

“Almost perfect…but not quite.”
Those were the words of grown-up Mary
Talking about her handsome beau,
The one she wasn’t gonna marry.
“Squeezes me a bit too tight—
Almost perfect…but not quite.”

“Almost perfect…but not quite.”
Those were the words of ol’ Miss Hume.
Teaching in the seventh grade,
Grading papers in the gloom
Late at night up in her room.
“They never cross their t’s just right—
Almost perfect…but not quite.”

Ninety-eight the day she died
Complainin’ bout the spotless floor.
People shook their heads and sighed,
“Guess that she’ll like heaven more.”
Up went her soul on feathered wings,
Out the door, up out of sight.
Another voice from heaven came—
“Almost perfect…but not quite.”
By Shel Silverstein

Confession time:
There is something about the feet of dead people. 

Maybe it is because that is where we would tag them when they died in the ER. Putting the elastic name tag around their cold & lifeless foot. Feet that used to run to their children. Feet that enjoyed pedicures, once splashed in puddles or wiggled upon awakening. Feet that took them on whatever path they chose to tred in their lives. 

Sometimes, I look at my feet. I say to myself, "those look like dead peoples feet"
"One day those will be dead people's feet", I tell myself.

Cold....lifeless....The last person to touch them , a complete stranger as he puts my name on them before zipping me up in the bag.

I love this thought. It invigorates me.
Thoughts of:

I love thinking about it because it reminds me why I live. Life apart from Jesus is futile.

Maybe you will think about your own death the next time you see your bare feet.

I hope you do.

Psalm 49:10-19
10For all can see that the wise die,
that …
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