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    Reflection: All the World’s a Stage?

    By Marylin Kilsby

    william-shakespeare-portrait11As many will know, William Shakespeare has been mentioned rather frequently in the media recently. Shakespeare died aged 52 four hundred years ago, on 23 rd April 1616. A recent visit to Shakespeare’s Globe theatre next to the River Thames reminded me of one of his famous quotes, from his play “As You Like It”:

    All the world’s a stage,
    And all the men and women merely players;
    They have their exits and their entrances…

    Space doesn’t permit the full quote. It’s written beautifully, as befits the Bard, but Shakespeare’s perspective on life is that it is rather meaningless, a treadmill, especially when it comes to older age:

    … mere oblivion,
    Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

    Reassuringly, we as Christians can know that God, our Heavenly Father, gives us a completely different take on life. Our lives are never, ever futile, never, ever useless. We know that God’s plans for us are good:

    For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).

    The hope we have is not a crossing-your-fingers kind of hope but a sure knowledge that we have a purpose, something to do, something to look forward to. Maybe our lives aren’t particularly exciting; they might even be painful or challenging but God is with us and He will never let us down. There is always a future and He wants to be at the centre of it. We will never be sans (without) everything. We will always have our Jesus with us. Even when our life on earth draws to a close, we have a whole, heavenly, eternal future ahead! Paul writes, in his epistle to the Romans:

    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. (Romans 15:13)

    Amen.

     

    View previous Reflection articles

    To Know and Be Known
    Hands

    A New Year’s Revelation
    A New Year’s Reflection

    A Christmas Reflection
    Choices, Choices
    Intelligent Machines
    Life After Death
    Life’s Challenges Pt. 2
    The Shattered Glass
    Not Quite the Damascus Road
    A Home for the Lord
    The Chair

    Happiness
    The New Age of Martyrs

    A God of Second Chances
    Acceptance & Rejection
    New Lights
    New Things
    More Thoughts on Christmas
    Thoughts on Christmas

    The Vastness of Creation

    Unexpected Treasure

    Life’s Challenges
    Home is where the Heart is
    Beyond Fear to Exhiliarating Trust
    Friends
    Sticks and Stones
    Beauty in the Chaos
    God and Creation
    Perfect Timing
    The Lord is near
    Having fun and taking new steps with our friends
    A friend who stands where we stand, and weeps with us
    Remain in Me

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