No one wants to talk about death and just thinking about it makes me sad. It was different when I was younger because it never occurred to me that I would die. It was an odd distant concept I thought was just reserved for old people. Now I am getting old, and the reality is, death is reserved for me, too. I will die and it is just a matter of time.
My friend’s sister died just days ago, my uncle died a few days ago. I woke up and my husband shrieked when he saw the yahoo news on Mr. Spock’s death. Although I did not know Leonard Nimoy, there is still a sense of sadness because after all we all grew up with him as an icon of immortality. Aliens albeit hybrid die as well.
Prayers also changed over the years. Younger prayers were more of success in careers and family, aged prayers are now more for longevity and strength. “Lord, more years please and may the years be healthy”.
Death is a game changer. It puts things in perspective. People come, people go. Death is guaranteed but is not permanent.
When someone dies, our eulogy is filled with the fondest memory of that person and we recollect and reminisce how the person lived his life. We remember how that person impacted our lives. We celebrate life, but seldom celebrate death. There is always darkness and emptiness associated with death. Tears flow, grief and sadness envelope us.
But there is hope.
For believers, death is homecoming. Death is celebrated. We miss the earthly creation, but we must rejoice, for the much awaited reunion with our Creator is precious.
Jesus is the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. DO YOU BELIEVE THIS? (Emphasis mine)
– John 11:25-26
We are all going to die someday and it is risky to not think about where we are going. Our end should dictate how are present is spent. The start may be uncertain, but Jesus’ death guarantees life, not only in the now but also in the not yet.
Be thankful you are still alive and think about what you are living for. But be hopeful for the promise of yet another fulfilling life and yes, we have to die to achieve that.