This week I have really considered the value of life and death for a Christian. What brought me to this pondering was the news of an entire family passing away. They were young and their children were still babies. In the blink of an eye life on earth was gone for them. It was a car accident. Auction signs have already been posted. The house is silent.
I only knew them in passing and that saddens me. I missed the chance of knowing them because I got too busy with my life and never properly introduced myself. Were they believers? I can’t say for sure and that brings me an even heavier grief. They lived a mile away from me and I was too busy to be a good neighbor. I do feel shame for this. And so I ponder the loss of this young family by accident.
Yesterday, while I went to get water another event happened that made me consider life and death. Faye, the woman at city Hall seemed out of sorts. She mentioned her health. When I asked about it she told me she didn’t feel well. But to me, there seemed to be more to it. Faye had been crying.
I asked her if there was anything else in casual conversation and guess what? There was. It seems her husband passed away eight years ago to the day. Bless her heart, she was having a very hard time keeping it together. I can only imagine what pain Faye was going through. I gave her a hug and prayed God would hold her aching agony throughout the rest of the day. Faye and her late husband are both believers. This brought me to ponder the loss of loved ones by age or illness.
Psalms 116:15 –
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
My children watched Pearl Harbor this morning. Great movie but it always makes me cry. So many men and women died. That part of our history was a time of great sacrifice and tremendous bravery.
War in general makes me contemplate life and death. The value we so often overlook of the individual when so many die. To someone, the soldiers and civilians that die are important. Each life of every war, from every nation is valuable to God. And so He sent his Son.
John 15:13 –
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
As Christians, we must remember there is a time for everything. We each have a certain amount of time on this world to live our life. In that time we must decide how we will give God the glory. Will we share Him so others may know him like we do?
I mourn the loss of Christians but the loss of the lost is so much more painful. They do not get another chance beyond their last breath and they will be forever apart from the love of God.
With my words and actions, I have the ability to be a beacon for my Lord. I will never be able to repay the blessings He has bestowed to me but I sure do want to please Him. I value the mortal life He has given to me. I value the death that will give me forever by His side.
When I contemplate life and death, my focus always comes back to God. I am sad for the young family that has had their life cut short by the standards of man. My heart breaks for Faye’s loss of her partner and friend. I mourn the heroes fighting for freedom or honor that give so selflessly of their own lives. I ponder life and death and that is what we must do so we do not become cold and cynical.
Romans 6:23 –
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Peace, love and God’s will