You have no idea what tomorrow will bring James compares human life to a mist that only appears momentarily. In our youth we think we possess our lives and that life is endless, so we go about establishing our kingdoms. But as we age and deteriorate, we confront our mortality. Some rage against our contingency by exerting every effort to perpetuate themselves or their memory. Others fall into despair or cynicism, thinking nothing ultimately matters. We pray to be grateful for every moment of our limited years and surrender our lives to the Giver of Life who will ultimately draw us into his eternity.
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