Thursday, September 20, 2012
Sic Transit Gloria Bundy
HOW THE GLORY OF _____ IS TRANSITORY!
Mundi/Bundy, writ by a fundy, right?
"Thus passes the glory of the world." The Catholics do not have the market cornered on Latin phrases-they may co-opt something for a religious sham piety performance, but us non-Catholics can do some co-opting of our own.
The glory of the world...whilst traversing the internets this past week I was struck by the two images I've put together above.
Thelma Todd was beautiful, vibrant acting on film, a gifted comedienne...and she died at age 29 back when my Dad was five years old.
Charley Chase, the gent to Thelma's left, left the world before his 47th birthday.
And then we have Ed O'Neill added not only for the 'Bundy' bit in the title, but because of how he has changed in his 66 years from the brash young actor of "Married With Children" in 1987. He makes 66 look 76.
That's the point, friends. We ALL get older; we wrinkle and get the pains and aches and thinning hair...if God allows us more than the 29 years that Thelma Todd was Graced with.
Philippians 1:21-24 (HCSB)
"21 For me, living is Christ and dying is gain.
22 Now if I live on in the flesh, this means fruitful work for me; and I don’t know which one I should choose.
23 I am pressured by both. I have the desire to depart and be with Christ—which is far better—
24 but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you.
The Apostle Paul was conflicted-he loved the work he was doing for Christ, but he desired the better thing: to be free of this world of trouble (and wrinkles and pains and aches and thinning hair), to enter into
the presence of Christ, into His Peace and Heaven.
I'm with Paul-it will be better to be with Christ THERE than live for Him HERE. But while I am here, as my gloria transits, and I become older...I Praise God for every day that He gives me. I am grateful.
May God be as kind to you.