Sep. 17, 2017

Abandoned

Spirituality is a personal matter. Well, unless you are someone who loves someone else very much and you are concerned about their spirituality. It suddenly becomes relational.

As a mother, grandmother, friend, daughter, sister, sister in law, aunt, work colleague, community participant, etc., the list goes on and on, I worry. If you believe in God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, Heaven, Hell, salvation, and damnation, concern is always at the back of our minds. It eventually makes its way out of our mouth.

So, is that a good thing or a bad thing?

“For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your LORD will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” Matthew 24:38-44

I shopped at the mall in Pasadena today. Plaza Paseo. In its early days it was called, “Pasadena Town Square Mall,” but things change. In fact, things change so much, a great deal of the mall is vacant – abandoned. Where there was once laughter and shopping; choir programs and Santa; fountains and crowded stores; there isn’t much of anything remaining. Unless you count the playground. There is a small, indoor playground. Who would have thought in the mall’s busiest days that it would now be a ghost town?

As I left to come home, I stopped in the parking lot and took pictures of two decaying buildings. (Some of you are saying, “Decaying? Tried DECAYED.”) What once stood as the only skyscraper in Pasadena, is now abandoned, dilapidated, and empty. It is still the only skyscraper in Pasadena and it threatens the health of all of those around it so it cannot be torn down. The First Pasadena State Bank was bustling in my days. I can remember going there as a child and standing in the bank line with my mother. Everyone knew everyone. Candy suckers were handed out to every child. Bankers knew their customers by name. There wasn’t a bank on every corner competing with it. Some of the largest companies and most popular professionals called the building home.

Then, I looked to the right and saw the old AT&T Building. One of my friends thought she struck it rich when she secured an entry-level job there after high school. A job with good pay close to home allowed her to start her career. Who could ask for anything more? Ask what happened a very brief time later. AT&T closed its operations in this building and moved my friend to Texas City. Oh, she moved up the corporate ladder but she was transferred to another city altogether. Her commute sucked up her increase in pay.

Things change. I am not referring to natural change. I am pointing out that what we think is solid, stable, and forever, changes and disappears. Life as we know it is on a constant cycle of change. People come and people go. Businesses die and businesses grow. Relationships blossom and then they dry up.

This life will end. The earth will disappear. Some say it’s going to happen soon while others say it will happen later. Here’s my question: Where will you spend eternity? Will you be the person raptured with the Church or will you be one of those left behind? Or do you believe you will come back as another person? Or an insect? Do you believe your rotting body will turn to worm food never to be seen or heard from again? Guess what? You get to choose. I cannot choose for you.

What I can tell you is that I care about your choice. If your spirituality isn’t any of my business, asking the question, “Where do you plan to spend eternity?” is still a concern of mine. Regardless of your religious feelings or church affiliation, you cannot deny you have a body, soul and spirit. There is an eternity. Where will you spend it?

Call or message me if you have any questions. I’m not nosey. I’m concerned.