I do apologize for the curtness of this post. My wife’s family is dealing with a loss…and I have no words.
I will share something I wrote many years back when asked what I think of death.
What does death mean to you? Do you fear death?
-What does that mean to me….simply put. To me, is that right now, in this moment, in this life He has given me, it is my heart’s desire to literally live for Him and as Him. Love others, help others, be the light to those who have no joy. What it means to me, is that with the time He has given me, it is my duty, my joy, my purpose to live how I truly believe He would want me to. That is to be Jesus to others.
To die is gain…When I die, I will be with Him. I will be with JESUS…I can only imagine, as the song says…that’s all I can do. We could be here for days, months , years, a lifetime discussing how in awe we will be upon joining Him. To die is gain means to me, that here on earth I am joyful and truly grateful with what I have, what I don’t have and what I am doing with my life. I truly belive it is His path for me. I am constantly pushing myself to grow more and more as a human being. That being said “to die is gain” means that when I get there, nothing I’ve ever done, said, or accomplished will compare to me being Home. I will gain.
I heard a long time ago that when a family member goes “home”, he or she does not wish to come back, yet is waiting for us to JOIN them in Christ’s presence. I truly understand that.
Thats is why, to live is Christ, while I’m here be Jesus to the world; and to die is gain, be WITH Him.
As far as fearing death, as sure as I am about where I’ll be when I die, I am fearful of death, because I’m human. As a matter of fact, it’s not so much the “fear” of my death, it is what accompanies that unavoidable event that I question or fear. “How will it happen?” “Where? “WHEN”? “I’ll be leaving behind my loved ones. How will THEY accept this? Spiritually, emotionally, financially, etc…”Will they be with me when it happens?”, and so on and so forth.
So many things run through ones mind.
Deep down, I know that He his in control and I know when I give him myself in sincerity He will show me peace and understanding. –
“For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die. For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better. But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ. So I really don’t know which is better.” Philippians 1:20-22 NLT