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Topic: Learning for Life (08/23/04)

TITLE: Again and again
By Rene Uys


The rain is pelting down with a vengeance and the aroma of freshly brewed coffee offers a cosy haven from the harsh elements outside. With a sigh of contentment I sit down at the kitchen table and begin to page through the newspaper. I share my sacred morning coffee with politicians, victims, and celebrities, sporting heroes, murderers, scandals, and the usual everyday happenings called life. I sometimes wonder about life. What is it all about? What makes life, well, life? Does life have a winning recipe and if so, what are the successful ingredients? Surely I cannot be reading the special formula to life in my newspaper.

I need more coffee.

With my second cup of comfort secured, I continue my epic search through the eyes of life as it is printed on the paper in my hands. Page after page is filled with something - advertisements, cartoons, etc. My eyes come to rest on the announcement of a baby girl’s birth. For a brief moment I become part of this joyous occasion, sharing the excitement of a new life with them. Unfortunately my excitement is short-lived. The column next to the birth announcements brings me into touch with reality. With a morbid heart my eyes rush over the obituaries. Then it struck me like a bolt of lightning. Life is actually all about dying. Yes it is true; from the moment my life began I am on a collision course with death.

I look up from the newspaper, purposefully listening to the sound of the rain beating against the window in front of me. My mind is racing through my new discovery and the cold coffee next to me is of no concern at this moment. Paging through the memories of my heart I stop at the entry of an incident that happened a few years ago. I met a very famous man. I can remember people talking about him and I met people who knew him, but that day I came face to face with him. He looked down at me and said: “It is finished.” Then I saw Him die – for me. (Suddenly the cliché “Born to die” rings very loud and true in my ears.) On that day, I died to my old self and I embraced the new in Him. The process of death had begun in my life. A few days later I was buried with Him in a grave of water and a few minutes later I was raised with Him. The strange thing I now realise is, the more I die, the more I live. I have come to learn that dying is a part of my every day life. With this thought in mind I take my cold coffee and pour it down the sink. The day is stretched ahead of me, pregnant with opportunity and possibilities - to live and to die. With this revelation I walk into the bathroom where I soon discover the toothpaste cap has mysteriously disappeared from the tube. The desire to get frustrated is nearly overwhelming, but I find the cap and close the tube without a fuss. I die to the urge to get upset. There is a wet towel lying in the corner and I bend down to pick it up. Life is happening, as usual.

Member Comments
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Al Boyce08/30/04
Thank you Rene. I especially liked "the more I die, the more I live"
darlene hight08/30/04
I enjoyed this especially the variety of people who shared your morning coffee.Good message also
Lynda Lee Schab 08/30/04
Excellent writing, great word-play, wonderful message!
Loved it!
Blessings, Lynda
Lucian Thompson08/31/04
Gee…that was really nice to read. Yes, death is gain! Well done!
L.M. Lee08/31/04
even in conception, death must occur to produce new life.

the majesty and endless wisdom of God all around us is amazing!

nice piece.
Roberta Kittrell09/03/04
Rene, gerontology has been defined as the study of aging from conception on through death.

For the Christian, it is the study of aging from conception through death on to the fullness of LIFE. As we daily die to self, we frequently are given a microcosmic glimpse into that LIFE; and a little more of the old nature falls off as the new grows on.

Being saved 38 years ago, when I look back in comparison, I can begin now to see more and more of the new. But then I look at the Lord, and realize that I still am a "kid under construction." He's not finished with any of us yet. Bobbi K.