The congregation the Lord has called me to pastor, for the most part considers me young and therefore prays for my maturity to hurry and blossom! I note in my regular inventory of the flock, their strong suites as well as their many and varied maladies. One asked, “Larry, in your opinion, what is the dominant affliction of the aged?” You already know the list is very long. The other day I came across this:
“The real affliction of old age is remorse.” Cesare Pavese.
In his once famous poem, Maude Muller, John Greenleaf Whittier tells the moving, remorseful story of a poor farm maid and a young judge. The spark of deep love flashed between them for a fleeting moment, and then reality set in, and they for the rest of their life often whimsically thought of the other. You can read the 110-verse poem here http://www.bartleby.com/102/76.html The poem captures the agony in this phrase;
“For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these: ‘It might have been!"’ Verse 105.
The words speak of unrequited love, but they also touch on the many opportunities that flitted by and we left them untouched due to some sort of fear or lack of wisdom and wallow in Bunyan’s Slough of Despond, whispering to our self; “If only.”
The “It might have been” runs the gamut of human existence and it is wise to throw the phrase away, and learn the lesson the Bible clearly teaches in the story of Lot’s wife, who was warned not to look back on the idyllic life, for her, that they lived in the corrupt cities of the plain, led by Sodom and Gomorrah. You recall she was turned into a pillar of salt, teaching us that looking back cannot and has never given us the power to relive the past, to change it, but only to make the present count as we wisely use the time, to hopefully create the future life of our dreams. Learn from the past, but know in your heart of hearts, you cannot return to Bountiful. The present may be bleak, but your future with Christ does not have to be so.
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