Abide with me; fast falld the eventide;
The darkness deepens ; Lord with me
When other helpers fail and comforts
Help of the helpless , O abide with me.
Most people fear death in a greater or less degree, however much they may outwardly conceal the fact. And if we ask the reason why they should fear it, the reason is not far to seek. Death is a punishment of sin. It was the penalty that was attached by God Himself to the first transgression of His law. To our first parents, Adam and Eve, He said: “In the day thou eatest of it, thou shalt die the death.” He was speaking, of course, “of that forbidden tree whose mortal taste brought death into the world and all our woe”, as Milton says in the opening lines of his Paradise Lost. For this reason we shrink from it and all its circumstances – the coffin, the corruption, the worms, all so many marks and signs of our fallen condition. Disease, old age with its disabilities, the natural decay…
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Every now and then, this picture of the universe shows up in my Facebook feed. The universe is a beautiful place, and I like the universe—it’s where I keep my stuff. Even so, I don’t like this particular picture of the universe.
Because someone has written stupid stuff on it. The picture warns me not to get too worked up about politics and religion and money and stuff because these things are insignificant compared with the rest of the universe.
Now this might not be bad advice, if someone were counseling me to keep my small problems in perspective. Did I miss that deadline for getting my syllabuses to the administration? Don’t worry; in the grand scheme of things it’s not a big deal. This picture, however, says something else.
This picture says that you and I don’t matter. We’re all such a small insignificant part of this vast…
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