It is a considerable thing to be alive. Life is such a prized thing, often taken for-granted until life’s journey is close to being done.
A journey.. that is what life is... A journey. It is not necessarily a journey from place to place, but from time to time...from no life to no life. We come from nothing, and we return to nothing. In between we live.
Living...such a cherish commodity. We live lives of bliss, lives of pain, of suffering, joy, loss and gain.
There is the event of birth, and the event of death, the heralds of our beginning and end.
We live happy, sad, angry, apathetic, depressed, overjoyed.
We hunger, desire, we disdain, we accept, we reject, we hate, we love.
We build, destroy, remodel, buy, sell, steal, plant, own, borrow, lend.
We eat, we marry, we have sex, we shop, we birth children, we grow families.
We take trips, we settle down, we war, we make peace, we write, and sing.
We read, we sleep, we keep we give.What is life? What is living?
The state into which we are born, from the moment we are born we begin to die.
Our life is the process of dying, with death the state from which we spring, and to which we return.
Death, the state of nothingness, where the conscience is still, the wants and desires dead, as is our knowledge, our love, our hate.
All we leave are memories and loved ones who must walk their own walk toward the same location in time...death. "For in the grave there is no memory of You, in the grave no one gives You praise".
We fight against it. We seek to postpone it. We seek to conquer it.
We try to stop all wars, heal all diseases, prevent all calamities, predict natural disasters...all in an attempt to beat death. For all of our advances, for all our science, for all our knowledge, for every herbal remedy, there is only one end…
There was One who beat death! He came that we may have life, more abundant life!Yes, we still suffer here and now, and many of our loved ones have died, will die, and soon we will follow.
BUT He promises:
"He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live!"
"Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God, believe in me!
In my fathers house are many mansions. if it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you, and if I go and prepare a place for you I will come again and receive you unto myself, that where I am there you may be also!"
"I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you!"
"Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man the things God has prepared for those who love Him!"
"Behold, I shew you a mystery: I would not have you to be ignorant...that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope….We shall not all sleep!...
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first!
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air...and we shall all be changed! In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed!
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality...then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory!
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? ...and so shall we ever be with the Lord!
"Behold, I am coming quickly...!"
So what is life? He is Life!
What is death? A painful, defeated enemy on the highway of eternity.
What is grief? It is the acknowledgement of 3 facts:
1) All humans innately know we were not created for death, and that death is an unwelcome invader.
2) It is the heart's thanksgiving to God for a love relationship which was given, has been removed and no longer experienced, and it is rage against a wound inflicted by our enemy
3) It is the heart's hopeful longing for Him to return and keep His promise, so that we may experience His love and lost loves once again, and this time the love will never end
Even So, Come Lord Jesus. Amen
"In memory of my Mother-In-Law, Theresa Prescott-Brown."