Weekly Thought – September 19, 2023
Fred wrote about his preparation for the memorial service of a good friend’s adult son. In his thinking he stated that attendees can be observers or participants. He chose to be engaged emotionally, mentally, and spiritually – he opted to participate, not just sit as a social courtesy or an objective onlooker.
Lessons From Death
Preparation for the memorial service of a dear friend’s son was taking the time to think about the lessons of dying. I jotted down 10 “I believe” statements creating a catechism taught by death. This is not a theological treatise, but a framework for my own contemplation.
1. I believe in eternity. My friend’s son is somewhere. He has not simply ceased to exist. My father, mother, sister, and brothers are in a place, as well – for eternity. And where they are they are free from death. The last enemy has been conquered for them.
2. I believe in justification through faith in Christ. I know of no one who has lived so purely to merit heaven. It is a gift.
3. I believe death is our enemy. It can deeply hurt us, but it cannot destroy us.
4. I believe in the Comforter for I have received, now and in the past, comfort and the peace that passes all understanding. Furthermore, I have the testimony of truthful friends who have also been recipients of this comfort and peace. Even in the chaos of grief I feel order.
5. I believe in the healing power of tears. They wash clean like a spiritual detergent. If Christ cried at death, so may I.
6. I believe good can come from hurt – even a hurt this deep. Death can be turned to life by the power of God.
7. I believe this night will eventually end – I know it by faith in His promises and by past experiences.
8. I believe the dead in Christ will be reunited… otherwise I see no sense to life and if it is not so “we are of all men most miserable.”
9. I believe this life is the practice; the real game comes in eternity. Some players just leave the field earlier than others.
10. I believe death comes by process – sometimes our smallest decisions have the greatest impact.
The hope of heaven is that we will know even as we have been known. We will see through clear glass without the haze of our earthly eyes. We will be home and at home, in spirit and in truth. The enemy will be defeated and death will be put under everlastingly.
This week carefully consider: 1) How often do I mentally and spiritually prepare to attend a memorial service? 2) What do I think about death – or do I think about death? 3) How do I experience the hope of heaven at the death of friends or family?
Words of Wisdom: “We will be home and at home, in spirit and in truth.”
Wisdom from the Word: “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death will not exist anymore – or mourning, or crying, or pain, for the former things have ceased to exist.” (Revelation 21:4 NET Bible)