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Mere Breath

Mere Breath


LORD, make me to know my end, 
And what is the extent of my days; 
Let me know how transient I am.
Behold, You have made my days as handbreadths, 
And my lifetime as nothing in Your sight; 

Surely every man at his best is a mere breath.
Surely every man walks about as a phantom; 
Surely they make an uproar for nothing; 
He amasses riches and does not know who will gather them. 
And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in You. 
Deliver me from all my transgressions; 
Make me not the reproach of the foolish."

-Psalm 39:4-8


Transient. Handbreadths. Nothing. Mere breath. A phantom.

In vain I amass wealth, and acclaim, and power – and yet it will all be taken from me, in a short number of days… and I can’t even control to whom it will go. Generation after generation strives after earthly reward – and generation after generation vanishes into the void of history. 

This will all decay. This will all burn. This will all be given to another. Nothing is mine. Ownership is a deception. All is borrowed. All on loan. Nothing is built to last. My father will die. I will die. Jonah will die. Do not invest in this side of eternity. None will remember. None will care. 

"Only one life – ’twill soon be past
only what’s done for Christ will last."

A Thousand Screaming Mules

A Thousand Screaming Mules

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