Friday, July 30, 2010

What is Death?

What is death?
Death is no answer. It is no solution.
Death offers nothing to satisfy. It is the epitome of separation.
Death, the opposite of life, the opposite of birth.
A birth offers hope and joy.
The first smile, the first laugh. The first step.
Death is the last. The last vacation. The last visit.
The last independent drive in a car. The last week. The last day.
Life in reverse is death. The loss of vigor. The loss of ability.
We gather to celebrate lives. The memories and accomplishments are recalled. We do not want to forget a thing of those we loved.
But as the years pass and the pain numbs, a granite stone is all that is left of many loved ones.
What is death?

"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 11:25,26.

What blessed hope is this! Where would we be without Jesus? As unnatural as death is, Jesus experienced it, to conquer it. That though our loved ones may die, they in Christ shall live again. What will be forgotten will be remembered. Those who are parted will be together again. The joy and the firsts will one day be renewed. Praise the Lord!

In memory of my great Aunt June, a joy to know. I wish I knew her more. I praise the Lord for her life. I praise the Lord that we will see her again. That her life was full and blessed. And her passing was without prolonged suffering. Those who have known her have been blessed. May we all know the Lord that we may all meet together with her again.