July 4th Fireworks: Here Tonight, Gone in an Instant

It’s official, Hubby and I are senior citizens…and continuous junk mail from AARP confirms that fact.

Hubby and I often look at each other and shake our heads in amazement. How did getting old happen so quickly? Where did all those years go?

“For your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone,” wrote James, a leader in the early Christian church. James must have been a senior citizen himself when he penned those words, which accurately reflect my feelings as an ‘aging gracefully’ person.

His words came to mind last night as Grandsons and I watched the July 4th fireworks. Over and over again, a blazing ball of white light whizzed high into the sky and burst into a beautiful display of colors. But the colors quickly dissolved into nothing, having lasted only a few seconds.

I realized life is like those fireworks. We whiz onto life’s scene with great expectations, but all too quickly the color burst is over and we begin to fade. Our bodies no longer can do what they once did.

As a little girl, I often read a saying Great-Grandmother had on her bedroom wall. Its wisdom makes more and more sense, the older I get.

“Only one life,
‘twill soon be past,
only what’s done for Christ
will last.”

It’s true, I cannot take any possessions with me when leaving this life, but I can leave behind a legacy for my family and friends, one of eternal hope and purpose.


About Kathie Mitchell

Kathie enjoys country living, time with family, playing cornet in community bands, crafts, gardening, and writing.
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One Response to July 4th Fireworks: Here Tonight, Gone in an Instant

  1. suemidd48 says:

    This would make a great devotional!

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