photo by: Shirley/Missouri/July 2004
Unveiling Death
Originally written 22 Sep 09
posted 24 Sep 09
I was thinking today about death.
Perhaps some would see it that way, but I don’t.
Death is something we must all face sooner or later.

“What man can live and not see death, or save himself from the power of the grave?”
Psalm 89:48

There is an old quote…”nothing is certain except death and taxes.” While I cannot presume to know fully what Mr. Ben Franklin meant by his written remark to a friend, I cannot fully embrace the literal meaning.  I know that our God is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Our Creator God is THE most sure thing in this life and forever!  : ) 
His promises are true.  For this reason, I was thinking that I would want my family to be happy for me when it’s my time to “go home.”

While I recognize that they will be sad and will miss me…and this is totally normal…
I also would hope that their mourning would not last too long…that they would face the beautiful reality of where I am and celebrate even more than if I had just won the lottery!  
No more struggles.  No more tears.  No more pain.
Oh happy day!

As I pondered the issue of death…I had to come to grips with some ideas that I have entertained.

If I believe that God is in control of our lives.
If I believe that God doesn’t make mistakes.
If I believe that God has a purpose for each one of us.
If I believe that it is God who numbers our days.
Then I can no longer subscribe to the beliefs or sayings of this world, such as:
“It isn’t right that a parent should have to bury a child.”
Or that “it isn’t right for someone to have died so young.”
Or that “they had their whole lives ahead of them.”

Humans of all ages die...young, old, and in-between.
Losing a loved one, no matter the age or circumstance is HARD.
While it is more difficult to deal with if the time we had
to enjoy them here on earth was short,
we  must remember to be thankful for the time we were given with them.
We never know when it’s “our time to go”…that is why we would be wise to live and love as if each day is the last we will enjoy with those we love.
It’s foolhardy to bury our heads in the sand,
pretending that death will not come to call.
We waste so much time when we deny the reality
that our physical presence is temporary.

I truly hope I am not stepping on anyone’s toes as I think “out loud” about these ideas that I have embraced in my mind for so long.  The more I learn about what our Creator has to say about these things of life…the more it changes my perspective…reinforces truth and debunks misinformation.
It’s a growing process…and writing about it helps me sort things out.
We are each on different points along our life journey…so while I hope that those ahead of me will not look down on me for taking so long to embrace certain truths, I will do my best not to fall into the trap of looking down on those who have not yet learned or embraced the concepts and
truths that God’s Word teaches us.

It is God who determines our steps, our days, our hours, our years.
It is God who decides how much time truly belongs to each one of us.
God said in Deuteronomy 32:39, “I put to death and I bring to life.”

I have taken my turn at asking “WHY?!” when I’ve lost someone I loved dearly…but our Father, in His graciousness,
has answered some of those questions I had…
and I love Him all the more for it.  
He had a purpose…a purpose I could not understand in my sorrow.

We cannot speak about life without also considering death…
and we cannot speak of death without also considering life.
The book of John has many things to say about life…
but this verse is one of my favorites
(and it makes my heart happier knowing that these are
words from our Savior’s own lips):
I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.
John 11:25

Our bodies are temporary…mere vessels…but they contain our eternal soul.
The decisions we make about Christ will determine
where our soul spends eternity.
Eternal life in Heaven…or eternal death in Hell.

“Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were
held in slavery by their fear of death.”
Hebrews 2:14-15

Believers in Christ do NOT have to fear death!

While we will naturally grieve for the loss of someone we love…
and the dearer they are to us,
the bigger the hole left in our lives when the leave...
if they shared our hope in Christ,
we must not grieve as those who have no hope.
We will be reunited one day!
We will miss them immensely while we are separated but we must remember that they are basking in the freedom of everlasting love, joy, and peace.

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Revelation 21:4

What better gift can they have possibly received?

There are two songs that I love to sing these days that illustrate some of the things I've tried to put into words here.

One is called "You Wouldn't Cry For Me" by Mandisa
(from her "Freedom" album...which is a good investment...many great songs)
click here to hear it

The other is called "One Day" and it's by Aaron Shust
(from his album "Anything Worth Saying"...another good investment)
click here to hear it
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