Day 25: Saturday, March 30th, 2019

Pastor Alan’s favorite scripture is the one above – “If a seasoning has no flavor, it has no value.”
As Christians we should not blend in with everyone else, but we should affect others positively, just as seasoning brings out the best flavor. At a recent Celebration of Life for one of our church members, the following poem by Linda Ellis was read. I think of how my life is a “seasoning” to all those I encounter on this journey called Life:
I read of a man who stood to speak at a funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning…to the end.He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke of the following date with tears, but said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years. For that dash represents all the time they spent alive on earth and now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth. For it matters not, how much we own, the cars, the house…the cash. What matters is how we lived and loved and how we spend our dash. So think about this long and hard; are there things you’d like to change? For you never know how much time is left that still can be rearranged. To be less quick to anger and show appreciation more and love the people in our lives like we’ve never loved before. If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile…remembering that this special dash might only last a little while. So when your eulogy is being read, with your life’s actions to rehash, would you be proud of the things they say about how you lived your dash?
Dear God, thank you for helping me put things in my “Dash” as I encounter life and strive to make it a better place for all. In your son’s name I pray, Amen.
Contributed by Marty Portmann