Nobody gets to live life backward.
Look ahead, that is where your future lies.
(St Kevin’s Monastery / Gleandalough National Park / County Wicklow / Julie Cook / 2015)
Peering over the top of the rock wall, we stare out over an unfamiliar site.
The who’s, the what’s and the why’s of another day and time.
Beginning and ending dates, once so important to those whom the comings and the goings of these particular lives truly mattered, are now nothing more than mere worn numbers.
as the living move forward.
Are we different because of those who now are on the other side of the wall?
Are we better?
Are we worse?
Have we been affected at all?
Their voices may now be silent, yet we hear them whisper…
There are warnings, advice, encouragement and guidance
But only if we stop long enough to listen.
Their’s are regrets, sorrows, as well as lives well lived and loved.
Many, such as those across the wall, are all but long forgotten.
A weathered worn marker, ravaged by time and the elements, once a place
for melancholy recollections, stands now as a lonely sage to an unsuspecting future.
We can look and wonder…
We can imagine what may have been,
as we wonder what might yet be…
The way was paved.
For good or for bad.
There were mistakes…grave and regrettable.
Yet there were also moments of greatness and wonder.
Are we better?
Would they be amazed or would they knowingly shake their heads in disbelief?
Do they know what we don’t…
that we too have a date with destiny…
Yet with but two choices remaining…?
We must choose to yield a stone cold will
Either we choose to set that will to stone…
just like many of those on the other side of the rock wall…
Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.