I don’t know why it is but I have come to be settled about death. Perhaps it is the result of my dealings with death, by my own hand, obviously attempt(s) because you’re still reading my writing, but I don’t fear death. In fact, as I get older, I “welcome” it because it would be the end of pain, suffering, unknown future and I’m okay with this.
There have been several occasions when someone has asked me to pray for someone who, in my estimation, is passing. They’ve requested me to pray for their recovery; however, deep within my soul, I knew they would pass, and had already reconciled it and someone is asking me to pray for the opposite! I tried to reach out to them and suggested we pray for their readiness and for our acceptance and the desire to live our lives in order to be rejoined with them on that day. My message to them was not well received and certainly within days, that mutual loved one passed on. I was content because of having accepted the inevitable result while the other(s) would continue to be in pain, grieving a loss.
Oh sure, I’ve had deaths within my own family. I lost a brother and a grandmother before 2000, and I went through this time without the pain of loss but the hope of a glorious reunion and the desire to live my life so I can be a part of the experience, one day. While I am not suggesting it is shameful to shed tears or grieve, it is better to take Paul’s words: “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 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: 17 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 so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” 1 Thess 4:13-18 (KJV)
While I may have this “hope” I also have the sense of mind to know many will not make it. In fact, the vast majority will not make it. Let’s make it personal: “the vast majority of who I know will not make it, if I’m one of the accounted to do so!” When I have conversations with certain ones and can see they’re going in a direction to which there is no return, at least not a satisfactory one, I have to let them go. Paul, again, suggested to a church to “turn over” a particular problematic person to the devil. His reason was, either he’ll rebound or remain where it is obvious he’s headed. My brother did the same with me when I was in my addiction. He, on the 24th of December, dead of winter, just after an amazing blizzard, after I walked four hours in that blizzard, uphill, to get to his home, made it clear in the morning I would have to find another place to stay! He later said it was the hardest thing he’s ever done, regarding me, but he knew two things: (1) I would man-up and thrive under the circumstances or, (2) I would die. My brother was correct in his method and I’m grateful for his courage to do what others may not have the strength to do.
This message is for those who are headed in the wrong direction: I’m sorry for you. While I would rather you join, with us, in doing what is right, by keeping God’s Law, the Ten Commandments, I’ve come to accept many of you will not and will be lost eternally as a result. You had an opportunity, still do, if you’re reading this, and it is my prayer you will have second thoughts, reconsider and do what God has required, not suggested, not asking, but has “commanded” we do.
This message is for those who are holding onto those who are loss: Let them go. We’ve too much to maintain our own integrity and efforts to receive the blessing. In some cases grieving now would be good, should it come to that, than to grieve later.
Our lives and this time is in a serious condition. We need to focus our energies on our condition and maintenance. The Bible speaks how during the Millennium we’ll be going over the records to learn why friends and loved one didn’t make it in. It is my hope and believe it should be yours no one will have to read our record! For we have already been adjudged worthy to receive eternal life.
October 7, 2014