Thinking about Your Death

She is too young to be in Hospice but that is where she now finds herself.  Cancer.  She is very aware that her time here is drawing to a close.  She and her husband have had the talks about letting go, and what happens after she is gone.  She has faced the reality that she will not help her daughter plan her wedding.  She will not get to help with the grandbabies.

She is not unique.  People die every day.  Accidents, heart attacks, cancer, murder.  Death is a certainty for all us.  This life will end.  All of us know someone that has died.  Old and young, rich and poor, suddenly and over a matter of months.  I will die someday.  You will too. 

Some see death as an enemy to fight or a foe to vanquish.  Some rage against the reality of their own passing.  Others mourn.  Some try to deny it.  Don’t talk about it or acknowledge it.

But not my friend.  She is looking death square in the face and accepting it. 

Because of Jesus.

We Christians speak often of the death of Jesus on the cross for our sins.  But we also very much believe he was raised from the dead.  He defeated death.  Conquered it.  So believers view death differently.

We believe we too, just like Jesus, will be resurrected to live forever.  We believe we will see our loved ones again.  We believe that we will live forever in the presence of God.  There will be no more pain or suffering.  God himself will wipe away our tears.  We will see him face to face.

Do not misunderstand.  We grieve and mourn the death of our loved ones.  But we do not grieve like those with no hope.  We are hope grievers.

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