MUSICAL CHAIRS Riches profit not in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivereth from death. The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way, but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness. The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them, but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness. PROVERBS 11:4-6 A group of children gleefully circled the line of chairs, while music played in the background. When the music abruptly stopped, the children raced to the nearest seat and plopped themselves down. One lone child stood, then walked off the floor, taking a chair with her. The music resumed, and the game continued. Eventually, one boy stood and one boy sat, and the game came to an end. It is a little too simple to compare life to a game of musical chairs, but in the end of time, there will be winners and there will be losers. Those who pay attention and play by the rules will find that their reward is in Heaven. Those who have been inattentive will find that their future will be loneliness and despair. We live as though we know what tomorrow will bring, when in fact we have no idea. In musical chairs, the participants anticipate the music's end, and they ready themselves to move quickly. In life we should be every bit as ready, so that when the music ceases, we won't be caught napping. Regular prayer and reading of the Scriptures can help us to stay ready. Dear Heavenly Father, We're listening for Your word, O Lord. Guide us by Your love, that we might always be ready to meet You face-to-face. Keep us attentive, Lord, and make sure that we don't slumber. Amen and Amen.