Layers, Your Coin and Hope

The remarkable poet, Robert Frost, made some remarks well worth our precious time. He was America’s first unofficial Poet Laureate. I saw him speak on television when I was 15, at John Kennedy’s inauguration. Frost died two years later on 1/29/63. The poet declared:

“Life is like an onion; you peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.” “Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.”

As to Frost’s “layers,” we have things stripped away as we age: parents, spouses, friends, and robust bodily systems. I still weep for my mom at occasional stoplights when her love for our family crosses my mind, her having died 15 years ago. 

As to Frost’s “coin,” central to my Messianic Jewish faith is growing in self-awareness in the hands of our loving God. I mature in the ability, by God’s grace, to spend my own “coin.”

May God bless you in our new year filled with layers, your coin and hope.