When I was a kid, I would hear the elders of the neighborhood asking, “Have they discovered the fountain of youth yet?” Others would quote a poetic excerpt, saying “Youth without age or life without death.” These people were pondering, remembering things as they would see their strength wane and become unable to do the things they have done in their younger years.
As we started another year in the church life, one reflects on the totality of society. Churches cut across generations – from the children that were welcomed through their baptisms or their dedications to those whose lives came to an end and we bid them farewell during their funeral services.
As dedication and baptism are being done, the hopes that the parents have for their children are exhilarating. Would this be the generation that will conquer/defeat all diseases? Would this be the generation that will take better care of the earth? Would this be the generation that will stop wars? Would this be the generation that will leave the earth because they find life on other planets or this planet becomes overpopulated? Would this be the generation that will have a great commitment to the Lord?
On the other hand, one hears the people who are retiring, tired and exhausted. They hope to rest, to rejuvenate, and to continue living for some time. They know the verses “They shall renew their strength and fly like eagles” (Psalm 103:5) and “Who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagles?” (Isaiah 40:30-31).
In the book of Genesis, the sun and the moon serve as signs of separation – the day from the night. They are also the signs of the changing seasons, days, and years (Genesis 1:14). Surprisingly, in the New Jerusalem there is no need for the sun or the moon (Revelation 21:23). Eternity in the presence of God will never have any division.