Saturday, July 5, 2008

The List of Living

It starts out small-ankle-high. But as you walk along the brick sidewalk, the wall grows higher and higher, listing more and more names. Somewhere along the path the significance of the list becomes overwhelming when you realize that the Vietnam Veterans Memorial bears the names of nearly 50,000 young Americans who died in that conflict more than 20 years ago.

Other lists include the 34,000 GIs who died in Korea and the nearly 300,000 who lost their lives during World War IL The other countries involved in those conflicts also have their lists of people whose dreams and hopes died with them in battle.

It is appropriate to remember those who gave their lives in defense of freedom. But more importantly, we need to think about a list that gives meaning to life-and death. It's a list that God keeps. It's not a register of the dead but a list of the eternal living called the Book of Life.

Is your name listed there:' Do you believe that Jesus Christ died for you and then rose from the grave? Have you put your faith in Him, ensuring that you will spend eternity in God's presence? It's the only true hope we have in a world where death is inevitable. -- JDs

Is my name written there
On the page white and fair?
In the book of Thy Kingdom
Is my name written there ?


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