Life is a Bowl of Cherries

by Carolyn Hayes...

1931 was the year. Rudy Vallee sang this title song to mean “life is very pleasant”. But, many times, this cliche is used as a metaphor for life not being so good. Here are the words to this long ago penned melody...

“People are queer, they're always crowing, scrambling and rushing about
Why don't they stop someday, address themselves this way?

Why are we here? Where are we going? It's time that we found out
We're not here to stay; we're on a short holiday

Life is just a bowl of cherries
Don't take it serious, it's too mysterious
You work, you save, you worry so
But you can't take your dough when you go, go, go

So keep repeating it's the berries
The strongest oak must fall
The sweet things in life, to you were just loaned
So how can you lose what you've never owned?
Life is just a bowl of cherries
So live and laugh at it all”

There is so much truth to this song’s lyrics and quite possibly based upon scripture. I cannot count how many times these thoughts rolled over in my mind: “Why are we here? Where are we going? It's time that we found out...We're not here to stay; we're on a short holiday”

Scripture says I am just as a fog or mist: James 4:14 (NLT) says: “How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog-it’s here for a little while, then it’s gone.”

And scripture also says: “...Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21 ESV)

This song is so sweet and even though life for some may be classed more like a “bowl of prunes”...there’s always someone (like my mother) who loves prunes! Life is just what one makes of it! So, for me, I want to live it up, laugh, and begin to focus all my thoughts on Heaven, not on this earth.

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