Thursday, December 3, 2009

4- Be Alive, Be Real - Embrace LIFE

The second stanza of Longfellow's poem the Psalm of Life which reads as under, is an ode to LIFE :

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
"Dust thou art, to dust returnest,"
Was not spoken of the soul.

The focus now shifts to Appreciating the LIFE given to us. He urges us to see life as a gift from someone who loves us immensely and therefore the need for us to value it dearly. While death is an inescapable reality, it is LIFE that is God's gift to the HUMAN Race.

Christians believe that man was made from dust and since they bury their dead the third stanza aptly brings out this fact. However in a most dramatic way Longfellow contrasts the irony of LIFE as understood in it's physical form, in the fourth stanza, where he emphasizes that the SOUL is immortal.

We need to ask ourselves the question 'Are we Dead Men/Women walking'? Are we Living Corpses ? or Are we ALIVE, REAL beings valuing the gift of LIFE and Embracing the wonders that LIFE offers us.

Action Points:
  • List out the things /events in your life, for which you are grateful to God.
  • Apart from prayer, how can you express your appreciation of the gift of LIFE to God?
  • In what ways can you contribute to making LIFE wonderful for those less privileged than you?
Power Act - from is focused on -
       Powering your Spirit to ACT Now.

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