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James 4:13-17: A Wisp of Fog

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Misty Fog on Mount Shasta, USA

Misty Fog on Mount Shasta, USA

You’re nothing but a wisp of fog, catching a brief bit of sun before disappearing. 

In the MESSAGE version of these verses, we hear James’ voice quite clearly asking us who we think we are. This is what we read in the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD Bible.

You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.

Are we to see ourselves as insignificant and unimportant in God’s plan? How are we to make the best of our lives in the midst of God’s creation? How might we best find union in God’s space and time? What might we offer God as a sign of our understanding that we are made in God’s image?

James brings us up short with his blunt yet welcome words for it is in these verses that he explains how we are live and be in the present rather than worry and stress about the future.

Reading different versions of these verses brings their meaning into our hearts, words, and actions.

Image from: http://annemckinnell.com/2013/11/20/4-ways-to-photograph-water/

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