Losing a loved one is painful. It is said that “death leaves a heartache no one can heal, but love leaves a memory no one can steal”. To grieve is to show that we are human; to let go is to show that we have this hope to see our loved ones in heaven. There’s a time to hold on and a time to let go.
But what are the realities that we should need to learn in order to cope up with such an experience?
In 2Corinthians 5:8, we find this words from the Apostle Paul: “We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.”
Life is a journey with a destination that we all must walk. And so it is important that we not only enjoy this journey but also share something that makes the journey of others worthwhile. When we are working, let us give our very best. If you are a soldier, give your best; if you are an Electrician, give your very best. When you share your faith, share it with such a passion that those whom you are sharing your faith with can see the zeal in your heart. When you love, give your best love to your wife or husband and kids and family to the fullest measure. It doesn’t matter what we do in life; what matters is we give the best we can in all that we do. Whatever you do, make an impact on the lives of the people who really matters to you.
Another reality in life is this: death is inescapable. No one escapes death (even if you are the President or Prime Minister or a doctor). You see death is the result of an “appointment”. From the moment you are born in this world, you already have an appointed time to die. Some die young and some will die old. The specific circumstances of the time and manner of your death are known to God only. With this knowledge, what must we do to prepare ourselves? You will be surprise at some people and the crazy stuff that they would do just to prepare for such an eventuality.
The Scriptures said that while there is life, there is hope (Ecclesiastes 9:5-6). Those who are alive have hope for redemption; those who are alive can still repent; those who are alive can start over again. On the other hand, a dead person has no hope for redemption; the dead has no more chance to repent; the dead has already reached the end of the line: game over. The Scriptures further said that the dead knows nothing. Their love, hate, jealousy have long since vanished. They have no more to contribute in anything that is being done under the sun.
As the Apostle Paul said, when we are away from the body (when we die in this physical body) we are at home with the Lord (we will live a life eternal, which is our final destination).
Death is temporary; there is life after death (John 11:25). Knowing these things will help us get a better understanding of what to expect in this life and in the life to come.