Life is a curious thing. We’re born, we live, we die. A Bible prophet said, “People are no more enduring than grass. Yes, grass withers and flowers fade.” Well, in the present UK heatwave we have visual evidence of grass withering.

We humans will indeed wither and die but, while alive, we need water for survival – as did a lonely hedgehog I met one evening. Instead of giving it a drink of water, I tried to take a photo. The camera’s noise made the hedgehog scuttle under the hedge, never to be seen again. I failed to get my picture, he failed to get a drink. A Bible poet, troubled and lonely, wrote, “Just as a deer longs for a stream of cool water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for you, the living God.”

After writing about the grass, the prophet continued, “But the word of the Lord remains forever.” Though the body withers and fades, death need not be the end. A friend told me, “I’m ready for the Lord to take me.” A few days later she died, but she firmly believed that her last breath on earth would be her first in heaven. Shortly before that move, all she could drink were tiny sips of water and milk – “just like a baby” she said. Peter, one of Christ’s apostles, urged people to, “Be like newborn babies, always thirsty for the pure spiritual milk.” It is God who provides everlasting nourishment to give hope now and assurance for the future.

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