Watching the news is always instructive, this story from ITV shows how poverty reduces your lifespan (in two parts of Glasgow not more than 8 miles apart the life expectancy in men differs by a massive 28 years) but also between nations – if you live in Lesotho your life will be 43 years shorter than if you were born in Japan. This reveals injustice, the poor once again on the sharp end. But of course the fact is, the rich die too it just takes them longer to get round to it. Only in Christ is death overcome, not replaced but defeated.
While I was watching ITV, Hugh Bourne was watching the BBC news and saw how it’s not just the length of life but the quality too – not surprisingly the happiest places to live are places with low crime, good air quality and a nice environment.