The Big Question

It has to do with our existence. How important and especially how relevant is it? And for whom? Most of us have been led to believe that our lives are important to God, but are they? If our world were about to be sucked into a black hole, for example, would God intervene? These thought made me write the following.


                                    MY QUESTION  

All of a sudden,From the deepest recesses of the spiritMy heart reached out… feeling, yearning.I watched as a spider flung itsfilamentsIn its eternal task.My question! Does life, my life, your life,its life, our lives…Have a life of its own? 

Personal Growth

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