Woo hoo, it’s April 15th and time to get your taxes paid or receive a refund. I never did quite understand why we should be taxed on what we earned by actually working. It seems ludicrous in a way that the laborers of the country should be responsible for those who don’t. Ben Franklin wrote these familiar words to a friend when he was in his 80s, proving that he still maintained a sense of humor.

“Our Constitution is in actual operation. Everything appears to promise that it will last; but in this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.”

Those words don’t hold much hilarity today, especially when we see how out of hand our taxes are and how out of control government spending has become. We also know that death is a certainty. April 15th is Tax Day – a day which will bring fear to the strongest of us – a day we know is coming, but rarely plan for – a day that was instituted in 1913 when the sixteenth amendment was ratified.

It’s interesting to note that one year prior to this, on April 15, 1912, the Titanic sank when it hit an iceberg – losing 1500 souls in the process. There were more than 700 survivors who kept the memory of that fateful day until their own demise occurred. I have recurring dreams of being on that ship as it sank. Every time I see photographs or movies that recall the tragedy, I become very uncomfortable and anxious. It’s almost as if I was there on that “unsinkable” vessel. I don’t believe in reincarnation, but this dream is very disconcerting.

Back to the two dates coinciding – death and taxes are truly real and certain. God tells us to render to those who rule over us. We are to respect our government and pay what is required. Our death is also certain, but the payment for our sin has already been paid, by God’s own Son. By His death, we are assured of life everlasting and no more taxes.


As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on
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2 Responses to DEATH & TAXES

  1. Clyde Herrin says:

    Death isn’t certain for a Christian because there is always the possibility that we will still be alive when the rapture takes place. If this happens we will never die. But as far as I know God have never promised that we won’t have to pay taxes.

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    • says:

      I realize that life goes on for us as Christians. The quote was from Ben Franklin. As to taxes in heaven, I really dont think God needs them. LOL


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