“for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” vs. 17
Even though death is a regular visitor on the journey of life, and every one of us will one day die, many people seem surprised when it comes near. Some seem to have never considered that it will happen to them. As a result such persons are totally unequipped to deal with it. They’ve made no plans, seem perplexed at its appearance, and have no idea what to do or say. That’s not the case with Easter people, those who live in the light of the resurrection. Rather than denying death, such persons acknowledge that it will come, with some making plans for a celebration of life when it arrives. It’s not that they’re happy when death comes near–they’re often as sad as anyone else, and tears flow freely. Losing a loved one is painful, and few people actually want to die. And they’re not celebrating death at their services, they’re celebrating the new life that is ours in Christ Jesus. We know that the Lord is our Shepherd beyond death, and one day we’ll be guided to springs of the water of life, and every tear will be wiped away. We gather together in our memorial services to remember a life well-lived and celebrate the peace that passes all understanding. In the midst of winter we dare to believe in spring!
Thought for the Day: How can I try to prepare for death?